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Evacuation Information
Know When to Evacuate
The decision to tell citizens to stay where they are or to leave the area is done to protect life. Whether the decision is voluntary or mandatory, listen to the Norfolk officials who will determine the best course of action. When that time comes, be prepared, and listen to the TV, radio, or check the City of Norfolk's website and Facebook page.

Planning to Evacuate
  • Don't forget to lock your door;
  • Keep no less than half a tank of gas at all times, especially during hurricane season;
  • Read the Virginia Hurricane Evacuation Guide
  • Plan places where your family will meet;
  • Secure your house, if there is damage to your home and your are told to do so, shut off the water, gas and electricity before leaving;
  • See if your neighbors need a ride;
  • Take your supply kit; and
  • Tell family and friends where you are going.

When to Evacuate
  • Know Your Zone
  • Mandatory Evacuations - Are just that; you must evacuate. If you choose to stay, you do so at your own risk. Should you choose to stay, please keep in mind emergency responders' may or may not be able to get to you due to the conditions at the time.
  • Voluntary Evacuations - Citizen may choose to leave at any time when voluntary evacuations are ordered or when they feel it necessary.