First responders plan for Something in the Water festival briefed to council

First responders plan for Something in the Water festival briefed to council

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The main stage and surrounding tents are now setup at the Oceanfront as preparations continue for Pharrell’s highly-anticipated Something in the Water festival.

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And first responders are a major part of those preparations. 

A presentation City Manager Dave Hansen sent to council members and Mayor Bobby Dyer calls for extra police and more than 100 fire department staff to be assigned daily.

The plan also calls for 75 volunteers and career EMS to work each day.

Staff are prepared to use ambulances, ambulance golf carts, bikes and ATVs for the festival. 

Medical tents will be placed on the beach at 6th and 21st Street. Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital is providing a tent with 16 beds on 8th Street, where doctors and nurses will be on-site.

Something in the Water is scheduled for Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. A number of big-name musicians and signers are scheduled to perform. 

The festival is expected to bring in throngs of crowds each day. 10 On Your Side previously reported the transportation recommendations for the festival include using the trolly, shuttle and Virginia Beach school buses.

A Tuesday briefing to city council kicked off with an update to technology. The city created an offshoot of its website with information just about the festival. Residents and festival goers can also download the Waze app for updated traffic information and sign up for text alerts specific to the festival.

“A special alert for people who are coming in to attend the festival or residents who want specific information,” said Julie Hill, Communications Director for the City of Virginia Beach. “So if we have a weather emergency or if we have something else happen, we want to alert as many of the festval goers as possible.”

In terms of getting here, Assistant to the City Manager Brian Solis says people seem to be taking advantage of the shuttle services that will be offered, including the regional ones. 

“For the first time for any event in Virginia Beach that I’m aware of, we have a regional shuttle options that’s available from the festival organizers and that is for Hampton, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk.  You can take a coach bus from there to and from most park and ride locations,” said Solis.

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