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Posted on: September 10, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Governor orders evacuation of Zone A: What does that mean for you?

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Sept. 10, 2018 - Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the evacuation of Zone A, the lowest-lying areas of Hampton Roads, as well as the Eastern Shore, beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday.


What does it mean for Hampton?

In Hampton, that area includes nearly 19,000 households. It is the area most likely to be hit with extremely high tides.


How do I know if I'm in the zone? 

The city sent magnets showing residence’s designated zone this summer. If you don’t know your zone, you may be able to search your address at http://bit.ly/knowyourzoneva. However, the state site has been swamped with viewers and not been accessible much of Monday. Hampton residents can call 311 (727-8311). Hampton has a static map at: https://hampton.gov/DocumentCenter/View/23102/Hampton-Evacuation-Zones-2018

Zone A is designated in blue on that map.


Where should I go?

The governor specified that the evacuation was to get people out of the storm surge zones, since flooding is the primary cause of death in a hurricane. State officials urged people to get to higher ground. Some people may choose to stay with friends or family in the city or region who live in other zones. Some people may choose to head farther inland.


What about public shelters?

Shelters will be established only as an emergency and temporary means of caring for people who cannot find refuge elsewhere. Wherever you go, take provisions with you. Remember, you are not a guest, you are a refugee. Help others in a shelter any way you can.

If you have no other alternative, the city shelters will open at 11 a.m. The first shelters to open will be at Phenix School, 1061 Big Bethel Rd, 23666. That will be designed for those with medical needs, as well as general population. Residents with pets can go to adjacent Bethel High School at 1067 Big Bethel Rd. (bring bedding, crates, food, etc.).

If a resident needs transportation or assistance, call 311.


Will I be arrested for not evacuating?
The decision to evacuate is yours. However, your decision to stay may be risky and you assume all risk as authorities may not be able to help or rescue. We encourage you to follow recommendations made by state and local officials.

If I leave, when can I come home? 
City officials will not restrict the travel of anyone until the storm has hit and conditions would make it unsafe (such as downed trees and/or power lines, or if conditions exist that necessitate the protection of property to prevent looting or other illegal activity. Restriction of travel is an action of last resort.


Is there a place to park a car I need to leave behind?

The city parking garage on Settlers Landing Road is available. 


What about my home and belongings? Who will protect them? 

Police will increase patrols in Zone A. They have requested additional support from the National Guard.


What happens next?

Watch for more information at hampton.gov/topnews. Sign up for emergency alerts at hampton.gov/notifyme. Stay tuned to the city's social media.

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