Virginians urged to be hurricane ready

Photo courtesy: Virginia Department of Emergency Mgmt.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Emergency managers across Hampton Roads are encouraging residents to know their storm surge risk and be prepared for a hurricane.

Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran facilitated a roundtable discussion on hurricane preparedness in Hampton Roads, Thursday afternoon at Old Dominion University. The meeting was held one day after the start of the 2016 Hurricane Season.

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There were nearly 100 people in attendance.

Hurricane preparedness topics included sheltering, evacuation, accommodations for people with disabilities and other access and functional needs, and transportation projects.

VDOT Assistant Division Administrator John Scrivani was there. He told the panel, “We [emergency management] need to talk more about re-entry after a hurricane evacuation.”

Jeff Stern, Virginia Department of Emergency Management State Coordinator, led the panel on a discussion of resilience and critical infrastructure. He added, “Our emergency shelters need to be welcoming of all populations, including people with disabilities, pets.”

There were panelists from the U.S. Coast Guard, Old Dominion University, Dept. of Homeland Security, City of Norfolk, Dominion Resources Services, US Army Corps of Engineers and City of Chesapeake.

 

 

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