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Ready Hampton Roads

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Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30


2015 Hurricane storm names

TCC Alerts Emergency Notification System








Watches and Warnings:      


tropical storm conditions
(sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph)
within the specific coastal area are:  
within 48 hours. 
within 36 hours
hurricane conditions
(sustained winds of 74 mph or higher)
within the specific coastal area are:  
Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurrincane watch or warning is issued 48 or 36 hours, respectively,  in advance of anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.


Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale :  The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 categorization based on the hurricane's intensity at the indicated time. The scale provides examples of the type of damage and impacts in the United States associated with winds of the indicated intensity. The following table shows the scale broken down by winds:



  Ready VirginiaGet a Kit, Make a Plan, Stay Informed

  • Know if you have to evacuate -
    • know your city's evacuation zones by visiting your city's emergency management web page and viewing the storm surge maps for your community.  The Ready Hampton Roads web page lists all of the jurisdictions web sites.
    • Plan where you and your family would go when you evacuate.
    • Plan your evacuation time line to consider how long it will take you to get to your destination.
    • Know how regional evacuation plans will impact what routes you will take.
  • Have a communications plan
    • Have a NOAA Weather Radio
    • Update emergency contact information with work, school and neighbors
    • Designate a person outside the Hampton Roads area as a family contact
    • Make sure family members know how to communicate with each other in case of emergency
  • Have a workplace plan to communicate after hours and after evacuation.
  • Plan for your pets -
    • Identify pet friendly hotels and motel where you evacuate
    • Know where pet friendly shelters are located along the evacuation route.
    • Have documentation of your pets, picture, leash, shot records, food, water, carrier