Hurricane season can impact those who live by the shore as well as those several miles inland. As opposed to tornadoes, hurricane systems can provide us with some warnings ahead of time in order to prepare for the potential storm damage—although storm paths can change. While this in no way should replace local, current news updates, we have compiled some tips and resources to help locals—as well as those who vacation here during hurricane season—to be prepared.
First of all, stay informed and make a plan for your household. Preparation can include securing items around your property, stocking up on emergency supplies for your family, your home and your pets, making sure electronic devices are charged and you have alternate lighting sources lined up (generators, candles, flashlights), extra batteries, a battery-powered radio and a first aid kit. Also determine possible evacuation plans, consider senior citizens and disabled individuals in your care and those who have special needs.
Atlantic Hurricane Season: June 1 through November 30
Major hazards and conditions due to hurricane systems:
- Storm surge and storm tide
- Heavy rain along with inland flooding
- High wind
- Rip current
The city of Virginia Beach local resources:
For the most up-to-date information:
- Sign up for VBAlert, the City’s free emergency notification service, at home and on the go. To register, simply text “VBAlert” to 67283 or visit www.VBgov.com/vbalert. For Sandbridge residents/visitors, there is a special VBAlert group. Subscribe by texting “Sandbridge” to 67283.
- Stay tuned to local television and radio stations
- VBTV (Cox Cable 46, 47 and 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 and 47)
- 311 – Virginia Beach Citizen Services
American Red Cross | Information for before, during and after hurricanes
CBS News | Hurricane supplies list and safety precautions
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Preparing for a hurricane or tropical storm
National Hurricane Center | Current storm status, messaging, projections
National Weather Service | Checklists before and after the storm
Ready.gov | Tips for preparing, staying safe during the storm, and returning to your property once the storm has passed. Other additional resources, including government agencies