Hurricane Preparedness Week begins May 9

Virginia Beach

Tips for staying safe during a hurricane

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — City officials in Virginia Beach are advising residents for Hurricane Preparedness Week.

 ​​Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 9-15.

In a release Friday, officials say this years Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be more active than usual.

City officials give tips on staying safe during and after severe weather.

Make a plan:

  • If you need to evacuate, you can move faster if you’ve already thought about what to do.
  • Determine in advance where you’ll go and your evacuation route(s).
  • Know how you’ll communicate and reconnect if your family isn’t together when a storm hits.
  • You can get worksheets at to help you build a plan.  

Make a kit:

  • Have emergency food, water and other supplies to last at least 72 hours.
  • A good time to build your kit is when there isn’t an imminent threat.
  • Take the needs of individual family members like seniors, babies and pets, into consideration.
  • Due to the pandemic, be sure to also include hand sanitizer, masks and disinfecting wipes.
  • A list of suggested items can be found at

Prepare your home:

  • Before a hurricane, you’ll need to prepare your home by cleaning out drains and gutters, checking the yard and removing or securing anything that could become a projectile like bicycles, planters, grills and lawn furniture.
  • Cover doors and windows
  • Check your carbon monoxide (CO) detector’s battery.
  • For these and other tips, visit

Purchase or renew flood insurance:

  • It typically takes up to 30 days for a flood insurance policy to go into effect, so it’s better not to wait until a storm is imminent.
  • People often don’t realize until it’s too late that separate policies are needed for protection against wind and flood damage because a regular homeowners insurance policy doesn’t cover them.
  • Because Virginia Beach joined the FEMA/National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System, residents and business owners can now save 15%. For more details, visit

Know your evacuation zone:

  • The Virginia Department of Emergency Management designed evacuation zones for all coastal regions to simplify the process of determining whether a resident should evacuate or shelter at home in an emergency based on their address. Look up evacuation zones at

Stay informed:

  • Sign up for emergency alerts and know where to get the latest information.
  • Sign up for VBAlert. This free service will notify you during emergencies via text message, email and/or voice message based on your account preferences.
  • VBAlert also allows users to develop a Smart911 profile which can deliver important information to 9-1-1 and first responders (i.e. medical conditions, emergency contacts, etc.) which saves valuable time during an emergency. Register at
  • Important information will also be posted to City social media channels, so be sure to follow the City to get the latest updates. Visit for a full list. 

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