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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).

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Apr 20

Team Norfolk Emergency Operations COVID-19 Update 4-20-2020

Posted on April 20, 2020 at 10:54 AM by Daniel Hudson

Team –
Please find this operational period's Incident Action Plan (IAP)
here.

This morning the Virginia Department of Health has announced there are 8,990 confirmed cases in the Commonwealth with 300 deaths.
There are 1,351 cases in the Public Health Eastern Region District, to include:

  • VA Beach - 281 cases
  • Chesapeake - 166 cases
  • James City County - 141 cases
  • Norfolk - 113 cases
  • Newport News - 102 cases
  • Suffolk - 92 cases
  • Hampton - 90 cases
  • Isle of Wight - 86 cases
  • Portsmouth - 65 cases
  • Accomack - 52 cases
  • York County - 44 cases
  • Gloucester - 21 cases
  • Williamsburg - 19 cases
  • Franklin City - 12 cases
  • Southampton - 17 cases
  • Westmoreland - 10 cases
  • Richmond County - 9 cases
  • Northampton - 7 cases
  • Poquoson - 6 cases
  • Northumberland - 5 cases
  • Mathews - 3 cases
  • Middlesex - 3 cases
  • Essex - 2 cases
  • King and Queen - 2 cases
  • King William - 2 cases
  • Lancaster - 1 case

As you can see, Norfolk is credited with 113 cases, and sadly, last week, our death toll rose to two.

Illnesses that have occurred on April 12 to today may not yet be recorded; however, the Virginia Department of Health has done a tremendous job updating the daily numbers, and other important COIVD-19 Virginia facts which can be found on the VDHCoronavirus website.

Team Norfolk
Team Norfolk is resilient and robust. Since the beginning of this epidemic, we have hoped for the best and planned for the worst. This mindset is helping to flatten the curve in Norfolk, as we focus on mission-critical staffing and the Governor's Stay at Home order. We know these uncertain times can be stressful, so reach out to co-workers weekly to check on them.

Last week, Governor Northam extended Executive Order 53, closing businesses for another two weeks, to May 8. This order also deals with childcare facilities, recreational activities, and continues to ban gatherings of more than ten people; however, many local restaurants are open for take-out and deliveries. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential businesses remain open. Currently, there is no ban on travel in our area.

Make sure to visit Norfolk’s Frequently Asked Questions page for updated information on the city’s response to COVID-19.

Planning Process
As we continue in the planning process, we are looking forward to the eventual development and distribution of a COVID vaccine and/or antiviral. While Norfolk Department of Public Health would have ownership of the operation, Team Norfolk must provide support in the way of personnel, multiple locations, and logistics for it to work. Please start thinking about what that would look like for your department.

Cost Recovery
One of the most significant components of Team Norfolk's recovery is the issue of FEMA reimbursement. As reported previously, reimbursement has been authorized for Category B - Emergency Protective Measures and Category Z - Indirect and Direct Administrative costs only.  This includes labor costs, equipment costs, purchasing of supplies and materials, activating contracts, and more.   

City Departments
We ask that along with your Situational Reports you send weekly, we ask that you include your department’s PPE burn tracker data. If you don’t have the PPE burn tracker data form, please email EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov, and we will send it to you.

Also, please remember to document all incident-related actions, activities, labor, donations, purchases, etc.! The ICS Form-214 Activity Log will help with this and will be crucial in our eventual path toward recovery.

The Helpers
This week’s ‘shout-out’ goes to the incredible team within the Community Service Board. This dedicated team does so much for people experiencing homelessness in Norfolk, to include daily outreach throughout the community, connecting with homeless individuals to provide snacks, some supplies, and updates on the availability of local shelters, meal providers, and food pantries. They continue to support over 130 persons in their housing programs, and their outreach staff continues to go out daily to connect with those on the street to help them meet needs and stay connected.

Thank you, CSB, for all your hard work and dedication.  

Resource Needs
PPE continues to arrive at a slow pace. Remember, each locality, as well as our State, Federal, and private partners, are all tapping the same vendors for the same limited supplies.  Other resource needs are as follows:

  • Food Bank needs monetary donations (not foodstuff donations) and volunteers.
  • CoronaAid757 is looking for heavy-duty cardboard boxes for food deliveries.
  • For Kids needs PPE, non-perishable foods, air mattresses, hand sanitizer, and monetary donations.
  • Operation Blessing needs food and PPE donations.
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia needs delivery drivers to deliver meals to seniors every day.  The cadre of volunteers on whom they typically relay falls within the "vulnerable" range, so more drivers are needed!
  • Volunteer Hampton Roads is also looking for more volunteers for the many missions they are supporting.

Please note we are posting regional needs from our community partners in HSIN.

Also, if your department, organization, or agency needs any resources, please submit your request(s) to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov.  It is essential to be as specific as possible. Think C-SALTT: Capability (what are you trying to accomplish), Size (gloves come in different sizes), Amount, Location (where to deliver), Type and Timeframe by which it's needed.

If you become aware of any unmet needs in the community, please forward them to EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov

Weather

Today there will be rain, mainly before 4 pm, high near 60. North wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

Click here for the rest of the week’s weather.   

One Community. One Team. One Unified Effort.

Have a great week, everyone.

Thanks,

Daniel

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

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