“Know Your Zone” Plan for Evacuations from Severe Storms and Other Disasters Released June 2, 2017, by Va. Dept. of Emergency Management

At a news conference on June 2, 2017, at Fort Monroe (in the City of Hampton), the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)] announced a new, four-zone plan for evacuations during hurricanes and other disasters.  The “Know Your Zone” plan—online at http://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup/ –covers about 1.25 million people Hampton Roads, the Northern Neck, the Middle Peninsula, and the Eastern Shore.

VDEM worked about three years to develop the plan from current engineering data.  According to the plan Web site, the “new evacuation zones are data driven and based on a highly detailed map that identified low-lying areas subject of flooding. …The new evacuation zones are designated A thorough D.  In the event of a storm or other emergency, residents of one or more zones may be directed to evacuate.  Storms can produce dramatically different impacts, depending on tides, storm intensity, path, and other factors.  The new zone map also will help local emergency managers provide residents with more precise and more useful evacuation guidance.  Depending on the emergency, being safe might mean staying at home, or a short trip to higher ground, or traveling to a different region of the state.”

Additional Source: New evacuation zones announced for coastal Virginia, Daily Press, 6/2/17.

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