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Hurricane Preparedness

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Posted on 09/03/2017

Hurricane Season is June 1 – November 30. Plan Now.
VA Know Your Zone Website

Know Your Zone!

On June 1, 2017, Virginia launched new tiered evacuation zones for coastal Virginia developed in close cooperation with local emergency managers throughout Hampton Roads, the Northern Neck, the Middle Peninsula, and the Eastern Shore. These zones are based on the most up-to date engineering data for the region. The zones are designated A through D and will provide residents with a better understanding of whether they should evacuate in an emergency or shelter at home, based on their street address and the nature of the emergency event.

What do residents need to do for the new tiered evacuation zone plan–it’s simple. You just need to Know Your Zone. To find out which zone you live (or work) in, visit www.KnowYourZoneVA.org. The Know Your Zone website displays a detailed, interactive, color-coded map showing the new evacuation zones. People can use the new map to view a “big picture” of the region or zoom in to their neighborhood. Users can enter their address in a search bar to see their designated evacuation zone. You can also learn more about the zones at www.KnowYourZoneVA.org.

You may also find links to important resources:

Prepare and Prevent Loss

Build an Emergency Supply Kit

Recover and Rebuild

VA Hurricane History


If you have questions about your area’s evacuation zones, contact your local emergency manager, James Brann at (804) 443-4059 or jbrann@essex-virginia.org.