Team Norfolk –
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) participated in a conference call this morning with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS) to discuss Tropical Storm Isaias.
This far out there are many variables and uncertainty with the paths Isaias could take. If the storm remains eastward and over the warm ocean temperatures, it will gather strength. Fortunately, the stronger winds would remain offshore; however, we could see tidal flooding and coastal erosion. If the storm takes a path more inland, it would be a weaker system that could still produce coastal winds and rainfall. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) suggests the timing of the storm could be Monday; however, Jeff Orrock of the NWS also suggested it could arrive as late as Tuesday morning or mid-day.
Bottom line: Though it is too early to analyze information with high confidence, it is just in time to begin adopting a forward-leaning posture for possible landfall.
COVID-19 has already forced Team Norfolk into response mode. The Team is already in place as are the processes and communication. Nonetheless, we will be beefing up even more in anticipation for this storm. First and foremost, there are two immediate information requests:
- If you plan to be out of town over the weekend and next week, who is your back-up? We want to ensure they will be looped in, receive the information briefings, and contribute with crucial reports-outs and the like.
- Other than the issue of shelter staffing (CSB, DHS, and NDPH), what issues or concerns with the Hurricane Plan do you see or anticipate due to COVID-19?
Please send your answers to these questions to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov at your earliest convenience. No later than COB tomorrow (Friday).
Please stand by for more information. All updates will also be posted in our Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) sites.
Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response