Sept. 2, 2019 - Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Dorian’s effects on southeastern Virginia, anticipated to begin Thursday. City of Hampton officials are closely monitoring the storm and preparing as well.
“Hurricane Dorian is a serious storm, and current predictions indicate that it may affect parts of Virginia,” said Northam. “I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure that localities and communities have the appropriate level of assistance, and to coordinate the Commonwealth’s response to any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian. I encourage Virginians to take all necessary precautions to make sure they are prepared as well.”
Potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian include coastal and inland flooding, storm surge, damaging winds and prolonged power outages.
A state of emergency allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources and to deploy people and equipment to assist in response and recovery efforts. The declaration also allows officials from Virginia to coordinate planning and evacuation resources with the state of North Carolina. This action does not apply to individuals or private businesses.
Coastal Virginians should learn their evacuation zone at KnowYourZoneVA.org. A statewide evacuation would likely be by zone; Zone A is the lowest area.
Hampton residents should continue to monitor the latest forecasts, follow City of Hampton on social media and develop or update their emergency preparedness plan. Planning resources are available at VAemergency.gov/make-a-plan.
For a list of recommended emergency supplies to sustain your household before, during and after the storm visit VAemergency.gov/supply-kit. Additional preparedness information is available at VAemergency.gov/hurricanes and the Commonwealth’s hurricane evacuation guide for coastal Virginians is available at KnowYourZoneVA.org.