Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response consists of two divisions which are also the central point of contact for Emergency Management and Emergency Communications (911).

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May 18

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update - May 18, 2020

Posted on May 18, 2020 at 10:21 AM by Daniel Hudson


Please click here for this week’s Incident Action Plan. This morning, there are 31,140 total cases in the Commonwealth, with 3,822 hospitalizations and 1,014 deaths.  Norfolk is credited with 361 total cases, 56 hospitalizations, and 5 deaths.

As we enter our 11th operational period for COVID-19, all eyes are on Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm of 2020. Thankfully, Arthur is not expected to hit us directly; however, Norfolk will feel some of the storm's impacts. 

As of this morning, Arthur is approximately 100 miles south/southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The storm is heading north up the East Coast and has sustained 45/50 mph winds. Arthur is expected to pass just offshore of Hatteras later this morning/early afternoon.

Norfolk is not expected to see any of the tropical-storm-force winds; however, we could see gusts between 30-40 mph, especially near the coast. The rain has already started and will remain off and on for most of the week. Rainfall over the next three days will total around 1.5 inches.

As if wind and rain are not enough, Wakefield National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch for Norfolk through Wednesday afternoon. It is recommended that if your area is prone to flooding that you move your vehicle to higher ground and never drive through flooded streets. As always, be safe if you are out and about this week.

Today starts the first official week of Governor Ralph Northam's Forward Virginia Plan. Over the weekend, we saw more and more businesses opening as they found new creative ways to serve their customers while adhering to the social distancing guidelines. A detailed look at the Phase One plan is available here.

Best practices for Phase One remain the same; maintain 6-feet physical distancing from others and wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be accomplished. For more prevention tips, visit the Virginia Department of Health website.

At 2 p.m., Governor Northam is expected to discuss plans for Virginia’s beaches during today's press conference. You can watch his live press conference on twitter at @GovernorVA.

Finally, for those willing to contribute time or funding, please remember our partners on the front lines working to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors! For a detailed list of our community partner needs, log into our HSIN connect page or email us at EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov.

Shoutout to 757 Makerspace, who have made an incredible impact in flattening the COVID-19 curve in Hampton Roads. They focused on working as a stop-gap solution for PPE. As of May 15, 2020, they provided over 17,000 cloth masks and 2,200 3D printed face shields to local medical professionals. Thank you for what you are doing to help keep the mermaid city safe!

Be safe and have a great week.


Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response