Mayor Declares State of Emergency; Prepares for Impact from Hurricane Florence

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk Mayor Kenneth C. Alexander has declared a local state of emergency.  The declaration allows the City to ask for state and federal resources and seek state and federal reimbursement if the cost of the storm reaches a certain threshold.

City crews have been preparing for the storm and have been cleaning storm drains and ditches to ease potential flooding.  In addition, extra crews are on standby throughout the weekend to respond to downed trees due to the wind and saturated ground. Please ensure curbs, gutters and ditches on your property and on your street are clear of debris. Check on your neighbor. Be sure to secure any loose items in your yard and on your street to prevent damage during the storm.  Be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours after the storm in case Norfolk experiences power and utility loss.

All City facilities and Courts will close at 5:00 p.m. today to prepare for the impact from Hurricane Florence.  The City Treasurer and Commissioner of Revenue offices will close at 3:00 p.m. today.

Hampton Roads Transit will provide free bus service to Norfolk residents beginning Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

The City will open shelters for those  residents who need a safe place to ride out the storm.  Food and security are provided. Residents must bring personal items, medications, bedding, blankets and other comforts of home.  Residents who need transportation to the shelter should call the Norfolk Cares Center at (757) 664-6510.  Residents who bring pets to the pet-friendly shelters must bring food and water and are responsible for pet care while at the shelter with their animal.

For more information on shelters and parking garage use, please go to:

https://www.norfolk.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=4046