In response to Hurricane Florence, both Newport News and Hampton are providing multiple shelters for its residents.
Newport News Public Schools provided free transportation to select emergency shelters Wednesday.
The Newport News Sheriff’s Office will provide security at all of the shelters as long as the shelters are open, said Dorothy Wikan, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office.
Newport News Police may be called to help with security if needed.
The shelters are open to everyone, not just residents who live in Zone A, which means that sex offenders can go to the shelters as well.
“Yes, they are being screened and there is a separate area for them,” Wikan wrote in an email.
It is unclear how the sex offenders will be screened and where the designated area for sex offenders is located in the shelters.
The sheriff’s office declined to discuss the specific information about the security staff at the shelters, such as the number of deputies at each location and the duration of each deputy’s shift at the shelters.
Officials cited “security reasons.”
“We cannot discuss operational standards,” Wikan said.
Hampton Police are providing security in the city’s emergency shelters.
HNNDaily reporter Melanie Occhiuzzo contributed to this report.