Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Keep safe this hurricane season with these tips

Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, and the National Oceanoic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an active one. (HNNDaily/Courtesy NASA)
Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, and the National Oceanoic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an active one. (HNNDaily/Courtesy NASA)

HAMPTON —  The city is in it’s second year of the Know Your Zone program which was put in place to help residents find information if they needed to evacuate in the event of a severe storm.

The program kicked off last hurricane season after research was done on the major storms to hit the East Coast.

Hui-Shan Walker, emergency management coordinator for the city, said scientists were able to study the storm patterns and revise evacuation plans to best serve the community in the event of a storm.

The city is divided up into four zones: A, B, C and D, according to the website.

In Hampton, Walker said they tried to line up the zones with markers that the community would recognize like Buckroe Beach.

She said it would be easier to figure out your zones if you know which marker you live by.

If a resident is still unsure, if they don’t have reliable internet access or if they are homeless, the city has ways for them to find out, Walker said.

Anyone can call the city or dial 311 to find out what zone they lived in.

If they talk to the city, staff can print out information about their zone and some disaster preparedness information can be emailed, sent to their home or made available for pick up.

Walker said if an evacuation were to take place, the city worked with HELP, the Community Partnership Team and the Community Services Board to drive to where the homeless are and pick them up.

A resident will not be left stranded, she said, and anyone can call for assistance if they need it during an evacuation.

Tips on being prepared

A few tips that Walker has for the community concerning hurricane and disaster preparedness are as follows:

  • Pay attention to the news, social media and radio stations to learn if an evacuation is needed.
  • Make a plan of where you are going to go if you need to evacuate.
  • Have a basic disaster supply kit ready, complete with medications and important documents.
  • Look into buying flood insurance.

Sometimes only certain zones will be evacuated so it is important for residents to know where they should go if their zone is named, Walker said.

A mass mailing will go out to the residents of Hampton near the end of July and early August that will detail which zone they are in, give information on disaster preparedness, including a magnet stating their zone.

To learn more about your zone and hurricane preparedness, click here.

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