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Sept. 19, 2017 - When it comes to hurricanes or other natural disasters, the city’s top priority is protecting lives. City staff makes plans for a range of options, depending on the type of storm, from opening a day shelter to partnering with other localities to shelter residents outside of Hampton.
If city leaders recommend or order an evacuation of one or more zones in the city, the city will typically open a public shelter. These shelters are designed to keep occupants safe, but don’t provide the most comfortable accommodations. People who have the means to stay with family or friends or in a hotel during an emergency should plan to do so.
After the storm passes, the top priority is clearing the main roads so police and fire personnel can get through in emergency situations.
The city assists residents by compiling forecasts, preparing news updates, making sure city property is prepared, organizing safety and recovery efforts and more. Making individual emergency preparations and decisions, along with repairs on private property, are individual responsibilities.