Oh thank goodness for a fantastic Emergency Management Department. Their website is chock full of great information on the zones, their utilization and hurricanes past. Here are a few tidbits from their website, located at www.vaemergency.gov
WHAT ARE THE ZONES?
Evacuation zones designated A thorough D are in place across coastal Virginia. In the event of a storm or other emergency, residents of one or more zones may be directed to evacuate depending on tides, storm intensity, path, and other factors.
HOW WILL THE ZONES BE USED?
When a storm is approaching, emergency managers will determine which zones are most at risk considering the intensity, path, speed, tides and other meteorological factors. Emergency managers at the state and local level will work with local media and use social media and other tools to notify residents of impacted zones what they should do to stay safe.
Depending on the emergency, being safe might mean staying at home, a short trip to higher ground, or traveling to a different region of the state.
Check out their comprehensive list of Virginia hurricanes of years past: VA Hurricane History
FIND OUT YOUR ZONE HERE: Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Don't forget to pack your emergency kit. Need a checklist, check this one out: Emergency Kit Checklist.
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