Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response consists of two divisions which are also the central point of contact for Emergency Management and Emergency Communications (911).

Jun 29

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update - June 29, 2020

Posted on June 29, 2020 at 10:14 AM by Daniel Hudson

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This morning the Virginia Department of Health reports 453 additional confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

Currently, there are 62,189 total cases in Virginia and 1,740 deaths.  Norfolk is credited with 889 total cases, and sadly, last week, we lost two more people, which brings our total deaths to nine. Our thoughts are with the family members of those we have lost.  

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 796 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 8,000 confirmed COVID-19 patients had been hospitalized and discharged.  

This week we will move into Phase 3 of Governor Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia Plan. Starting on Wednesday, July 1, the social gathering cap would be increased to 250 people and non-essential retail businesses, and restaurants will not have a cap anymore; but physical distancing will still be required. Museums, zoos, and outdoor venues will be able to open at 50% capacity, with an overall cap of 1,000 people. Gyms and swimming pools can have 75% capacity. For more information, view this week’s Incident Action Plan.

With these changes, Governor Northam expressed that people would still be safer at home and encourages the continuance of teleworking. As a reminder, Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 63 is still in effect, which requires the use of face coverings while inside buildings.

As we move into Phase 3 this week, I am excited to share with you that Nauticus will reopen this Friday, July 3, with a new visitor experience with the spacious, outdoor decks of the Battleship Wisconsin taking center stage. While you are there, don’t forget to visit their new outdoor, battleship-themed waterfront restaurant, the Big Wisky Porch. For more information, hours, tickets, and pricing, please visit nauticus.org.

Finally, as a reminder, city offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  The closure includes the offices of the Commissioner of the Revenue, City Treasurer, and the Norfolk Courthouse. Friday's forecast looks like great beach weather with temperatures in the lower 90s with a few clouds. If you head to the beach this weekend, remember Ocean View Beach Park lifeguards are on duty Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Lifeguards are not on duty at Sarah Constant Beach Park and Community Beach Park. Don’t forget the sunscreen and drink plenty of water.

Be safe and have a great holiday weekend.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov

Jun 22

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update - June 22, 2020

Posted on June 22, 2020 at 9:13 AM by Daniel Hudson

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Please click here for this week’s Incident Action Plan.

The Virginia Department of Health reports 471 additional confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and nine new deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth as of Monday morning, June 22.

Currently, there are 58,465 total cases in Virginia and 1,620 deaths.  Norfolk is credited with 746 total cases and seven deaths.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 848 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 7,600 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged. 

As a reminder, Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 63 is still in effect, which requires the use of face coverings while inside buildings.

The Virginia Zoo will open to public this Thursday, June 25; however, the reopening will come with some modifications and a new schedule.

  • The Zoo will limit capacity - about 25% of its normal capacity - to ensure no overcrowding. All tickets must be purchased and reserved in advance for a specific time slot. Reservations are available beginning at 10 am with the last reservation at 3 pm.
  • The Zoo will be open to the public and its members, Thursday to Monday. Tuesday and Wednesdays will be for Zoo Members only. The hours are 10 am to 5 pm and reservations are required.
  • The Zoo will be a one-way, one-mile loop which includes several exhibits, including the zoo’s Asian and African exhibits and Animal Wellness Campus.
  • Face masks will be required for all staff, volunteers, and visitors ages 10 and older while entering the zoo, inside indoor exhibits and within 6 feet of a different group.

For more information, visit VirginiaZoo.org

Finally, for those willing to contribute time or funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please remember our partners on the front lines working to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors! For a detailed list of our community partner needs, log into our HSIN connect page or email us at EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov

Have a great week.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov


Jun 17

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update - June 15, 2020

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 10:10 AM by Daniel Hudson

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Please click here for this week’s Incident Action Plan.

The Virginia Department of Health reports 380 additional confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth as of Monday morning, June 15. This is the lowest one-day total of confirmed and probable reported cases of COVID-19 since April 15.

Currently, there are 54,886 total cases in Virginia and 1,552 deaths.  Norfolk is credited with 668 total cases and seven deaths.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 902 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 7,200 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged. 

As we continue to move through Phase Two, the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health still recommends that we take safety precautions to include physical distancing and avoid touching our eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

As a reminder, Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 63 is still in effect, which requires the use of face coverings while inside buildings.

If you venture out this week, bring your umbrella along with you as we will see several days of rain. For most of the week, we will have cloudy skies with on and off showers. Although we’re not expected to see any severe storms, heavy downpours at times could be possible. Temperatures will be in the upper 60s for today, and tomorrow and starting Wednesday, temperatures will trend upwards each day from the lower 70s and ending in the low-90s for Sunday, Father’s Day.

For those willing to contribute time or funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please remember our partners on the front lines working to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors! For a detailed list of our community partner needs, log into our HSIN connect page or email us at EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov

Lastly, The Knights of Columbus Council 367 in Norfolk is offering a Food Procurement and Delivery Assistance Program that offers free shopping and delivery of food for Norfolk residents who are over 65, individuals with disabilities, or those who have elevated health risks. There is a $100 maximum, with a limit of 20 items. All food delivered must be paid for in full, with cash or check, at the time of delivery. For more information, contact Steve Cyrs at stevecyrs@gmail.com.

Have a great week, and Happy Father's Day.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov