Chesapeake leaders prepare for Hurricane Florence

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CHESAPEAKE, Va (WAVY) – Leaders in Chesapeake are working around the clock to prepare for what Hurricane Florence may bring.

Many people are already leaving Zone A areas after the state mandated evacuations

Emergency management coordinator Chief Ed Elliot kept reiterating that this could be a historic event, he urges people to heed the warnings, but some still have questions.

One couple reached out to 10 On Your Side with questions about their situation, concerned that they won’t have a way to get to safety.

Cheryl and Earl Kirby are in an evacuated “A” zone in Chesapeake.

“If I could I’d go to Tennessee, to be honest with you,” said Cheryl.

They say they’ve been watching the news closely and trying to follow the directions given by officials but with Earl being wheelchair-bound and facing other existing medical conditions, they have questions about how and when they can get to safety.

“We need to know this stuff, we need to be able to prepare those who are willing to, need to be able to,” added Cheryl.

So 10 On Your Side took her questions straight to the source at the Chesapeake public safety operations center. 

Elliot said they just came up with a solution for problems like Earl’s.

“If they call 382-CITY we can connect them directly to our medical case worker and from that point on we will take it and match them up with the best resources that they need,” Elliott said.

Chief Elliot said there will be options for shelters starting Wednesday, but advises people to take responsibility for themselves and heed the warnings.

Local shelters opening ahead of Hurricane Florence

“This is going to be probably a historic storm for us and the more that you can care for your family and especially care for neighbors that may be unable to care for themselves that will help us out.”

He says there will be at least six shelters, including one for those with medical conditions and another for pets.

No, you can’t take your pets to just any hotel or shelter during a hurricane

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