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* Hampton Employee Connection

Posted on: September 10, 2018

Governor orders evacuation of Zone A: What does that mean for you?

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Sept. 10, 2018 - Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the evacuation of Zone A, the lowest-lying areas of Hampton Roads, as well as the Eastern Shore, beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday.


What does it mean for Hampton?

In Hampton, that area includes nearly 19,000 households. It is the area most likely to be hit with extremely high tides.


How do I know if I'm in the zone? 

The city sent magnets showing residence’s designated zone this summer. If you don’t know your zone, you may be able to search your address at http://bit.ly/knowyourzoneva. However, the state site has been swamped with viewers and not been accessible much of Monday. Hampton residents can call 311 (727-8311). Hampton has a static map at: https://hampton.gov/DocumentCenter/View/23102/Hampton-Evacuation-Zones-2018

Zone A is designated in blue on that map.


Where should I go?

The governor specified that the evacuation was to get people out of the storm surge zones, since flooding is the primary cause of death in a hurricane. State officials urged people to get to higher ground. Some people may choose to stay with friends or family in the city or region who live in other zones. Some people may choose to head farther inland.


What about public shelters?

Shelters will be established only as an emergency and temporary means of caring for people who cannot find refuge elsewhere. Wherever you go, take provisions with you. Please help others in a shelter any way you can.

If you have no other alternative, the city shelters will open at 11 a.m. The first shelters to open will be at Phenix School, 1061 Big Bethel Rd, 23666. That will be designed for those with medical needs, as well as general population. Residents with pets can go to adjacent Bethel High School at 1067 Big Bethel Rd. (bring bedding, crates, food, etc.).

If a resident needs transportation or assistance, call 311.


What if I don’t leave?

The city is supporting the governor’s order and expects that residents will follow the order. There’s a likelihood of serious flooding, as well as downed trees that block roads and take out power lines. If you don’t follow the evacuation order, first responders likely will not be able to reach you.


What happens next?

Watch for more information at hampton.gov/topnews. Sign up for emergency alerts at hampton.gov/notifyme. Stay tuned to the city's social media.

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