Several Hampton Roads cities declare states of emergency

VIRGINIA – Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Portsmouth have declared local states of emergencies Sunday.

“The declaration allows the City to ask for state and federal resources and seek state and federal reimbursement if the cost of the storm reaches a certain threshold,” the City of Norfolk said in a news release.

Norfolk has opened a shelter if residents need a safe place to stay during the storm at Norview High School. Residents may enter through the left side of the building. Residents who need a ride to the shelter should call 757-441-5610. They are asked to bring personal items, medications, sleeping bags, blankets and snacks. Pets are welcome, but owners must remain with the pet at all times and bring a pet carrier and pet food.

In Virginia Beach, resources have been requested from the National Guard, including high water vehicles and debris reduction crews.

All Virginia Beach city parks, recreation centers, libraries and the Virginia Aquarium are closed Sunday. Virginia Beach Public Schools has canceled their Teacher Work Day scheduled for Monday, October 10. Students were already scheduled to be off on October 10.

An emergency shelter will open at 1 p.m. at Cox High School. Here are the shelter guidelines:

If you are going, bring enough supplies to last at least three days for each family member. That includes bottled water, canned or packaged food, a manual can opener and cooler, disposable plates, cups and utensils, portable flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, folding chairs, change of clothing and shoes, cots, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, quiet games, toys, books and cards, a first aid kit, medications, toiletries, glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures, ID cards, car keys, credit cards, cash  special-diet foods, photocopies of important papers (i.e. insurance policies) and baby supplies (i.e. food/formula, diapers, etc.).

The following items are prohibited inside the shelter: smoking, alcohol, drugs, other illegal substances, pets (except assistance dogs), loud radios or televisions, matches, lighters and weapons of any kind (guns, knives, chains, etc.).

Portsmouth has opened a short-term emergency shelter at I.C. Norcom High School. Here are the shelter guidelines:

If residents choose to go to the shelter, they should bring:
— Bedding items (including pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, etc.)
— Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, etc.
— Folding chairs or cots
— Personal hygiene supplies
— Flashlights and batteries
— Quiet games, books, and favorite toys
— Important papers
— Prescription medications

Residents must not bring:
— Alcohol or illegal contraband
— Weapons
— Pets

— Valuables

Police are asking residents and visitors to stay off the roads because many streets are flooded and some have downed trees and power lines.  Disabled vehicles that are blocking traffic will be towed at the owners expense.