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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Aug 29

Now is the Time to Prepare for Hurricanes

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 10:34 AM by Communications Department

As we watch the devastation that has occurred in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey, it is important to make sure our own hurricane preparations are in place. Now through October tends to be our most active part of the Hurricane Season, as seen with Tropical Storm Irma that became a named storm yesterday. The first step in preparation is to know how to prepare. Ready Hampton Roads is a one-stop information center for all of the localities in the area. There you can find information about making an emergency kit, making a plan and staying informed as well as local emergency information. 
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Know your Zone!  This year, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management released new evacuation zones for Coastal Virginia. The new evacuation zones are designated A through D, and evacuations and emergency information will be given according to the zone that is affected. There is not a defined set of directions according to the zone in which you live.  The information that is given out is based on the emergency or weather event and may change every time with every occurrence.

Be prepared! Make a plan, stock up, listen to the alerts and be ready to be self-sustaining for at least three days. This emergency kit should include at the minimum, enough of these essential items to last each person at least three days.
Food that does not need electricity for storage or for preparation
Manual can opener for food
At least three gallons of water per person per day
Battery-powered/hand-crank radio with weather band and extra batteries
Written family emergency plan