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).

Oct 03

Coastal Storm Update - 10-3-2022 at 6 pm

Posted on October 3, 2022 at 6:08 PM by Daniel Hudson

Team - 

Please see the latest from the NWS as well as our 5:30 pm EOC Briefing slides.  Thanks to the NWS for providing a report during the Briefing! 

Tomorrow’s high tides are forecasted for 4 am and 5 pm; both will be at the Minor flood level.  This may result in some ponding on the roadways but is not expected to cause any problems.  We continue to encourage motorists to use the WAZE app and avoid driving through any flood waters. 

Winds begin a slow and steady decline tonight and through tomorrow and should not be an issue. 

Based on the changes to the forecast, here are the latest update.

  • Departments are asked to submit any damage reports to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov by 8 am tomorrow (Tuesday).
  • EOC will continue to monitor events throughout the night.
  • Local Emergency Declaration to end tomorrow at 8 am.
  • National Guard assets are to be released at 8 am.
  • Normal Operations resume tomorrow.

Unless something significant occurs, this is the final update regarding this coastal storm.

Thanks to everyone for your partnership, communication, and support throughout!!  If you were able to capture any lessons learned – things that went well or areas of improvement – please send them to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov

Thank you!

Jim Redick

Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response

Oct 03

Coastal Storm Update - 10-3-2022 at 2:30 pm

Posted on October 3, 2022 at 2:43 PM by Daniel Hudson

Team –

Here is the latest NWS briefing.  The biggest news is that the tides have dropped significantly.  The Tide Chart shows this afternoon’s high tide, previously forecasted to reach Major levels at 6.5’, will now crest on the lower side of Moderate at 5.5’.  By comparison, Friday afternoon’s high tide was 5.46’.

The Hourly Graph shows wind speeds still in the 45mph range this afternoon through 7 pm, after which they will slowly drop off over the next 24 hours.   

There have been 11 reports of fallen trees or limbs; only 7 Dominion customers are out at this time.

More to come.

Thank you!

Jim Redick

Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response

Oct 03

Coastal Storm Update - 10-3-2022 at 11:30 am

Posted on October 3, 2022 at 12:01 PM by Daniel Hudson

Team –

We concluded another conference briefing with NWS and VDEM.  Trends are moving in our favor, but not as much or as quickly as we would like.  Instead of 6.9’ of tidal flooding, we may see 6.5’.  Major flooding either way.  Moreover, Tuesday’s high tides should not be overlooked.

The Hourly Graph shows wind gusts around 45mph are still possible, so while we are cautiously optimistic that doesn’t materialize; we will not relax our readiness posture. 

Finally, we have received inquiries as to why the city does not place barriers on flooded roads.  Here are the reasons:

  1. There are too many roads that flood in Norfolk.
  2. We don’t have enough resources to block all flooded roads.
  3. We don’t have the staff to deploy, monitor, and/or retrieve barriers as the water comes in and then recedes.  This quickly turns into a safety issue preventing emergency vehicles from responding to a call.
  4. In the past, people had disregarded and driven around barriers.
  5. We do have signage on several roads and underpasses, but they have been there for so long that they may be “hiding” in plain sight.
  6. We are committed to investing in technology (WEA and Norfolk Alert) and crowdsourcing tools (WAZE app, etc.). which keep people informed of roads impacted by flooding.  Folks can benefit from these tools and also have the opportunity to contribute to the information for the mutual benefit of their fellow travelers as well as the EOC.
  7. Finally, and most fundamentally, we continue to message that if you see flood waters, regardless of whether there is a barrier, sign, sensor, or nothing at all – don’t drive in it - turn around.

Please continue to send any questions, reports, requests, and pics to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov

Thank you!

Jim Redick

Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response