“Know Your Zone” teams in Norfolk neighborhoods this week

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The city of Norfolk wants to make sure you “know your zone” when it comes to emergency evacuations.

“It’s important just in case we have a hurricane and our residents need to evacuate from the city,” Trista Fayton, Management Services Administrator for the Department of Public Works said.

The Emergency Operations Center and Waste Management are teaming up to put a sticker with your zone (A, B or C) on your city trash can.

The Know Your Zone teams will be out in neighborhoods from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday this week. They will be back out October 3-6 and October 17-20.

10 On Your Side Special Report: Know Your Zone

“We were trying to think of a way that we could reach most of our residents as fast as we possibly could. Since we service approximately 60,000 residents with our waste collection that’s a great way to know,” Fayton said. “Our residents go out to their trash cans on a regular basis and that way they can familiarize themselves.”

It should be easy to spot the volunteers; they will have on bright neon vests. The city staff members will be wearing their city badges.

When they place the sticker on your trash can, the city asks that you leave it there.

“If you have your waste collection cans out we’re wiping the cans off and putting the stickers on to make sure that they will stick,” Fayton said.

So what do the different zones mean?

Zone A is blue and is the most at-risk for flooding from a hurricane. The risk goes down from there: Zone B is green and C is orange. Emergency managers will determine which zones are most at risk taking into consideration the intensity, path, speed, tides and other factors of an approaching storm.

Now, it’s no longer something to memorize. Every time you move the trash can you’ll get a reminder.

“It’s easy, it’s there. That way they’ll know their zone when it’s time to evacuate during a hurricane or any type of storm that we need to evacuate from the city,” Fayton said.

It’s simple to find your zone online. All you have to do is type in your address here.

Photo courtesy: The City of Norfolk Government