Monday, October 22, 2018

October Virginia Peninsula Car Club Council (VPCCC) Monthly Meeting, October 24, 2018, 7PM

Greetings Car Buffs!!  
 
Our next membership meeting is this week coming, Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 7 PM.   The location is at our normal location at Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton III Building.  525 Butler Farm Rd., Hampton, Va., 23666   (Just past the college's main campus)  

The meeting room is to the left of the Lobby, Room 717. Be sure to pass on to your family & friends and join us.  
 
We need YOU!!! to make our Council a continued success!!  Honesty, attendance has been dropping of late, and we would like to get the council delegates back to participating.  If you are not your clubs delegate, please let us know who is or who is the responsible officers.
  
Lots to discuss this week.  We will get an update on the upcoming Virginia Fall Classic Car Show!  Decisions need to be made on whether the upcoming potential for rain this weekend will impact the show driving a reschedule.

Also, we need to elect officers for 2019 who can drive the momentum forward.  All positions are up for new leadership.

We will discuss our upcoming events plus what other kind of ideas folks have for 2019


Doug Sample, VP
757-880-1660

Friday, October 5, 2018

York County District 5 Report October 2018 by Supervisor Tom Shepperd

Dear Neighbors,

 

The purpose of the District 5 Report is to keep you up to date on activities in and around our area.  This month’s report includes a variety of subjects but focuses mainly on public safety issues.  Residents and homeowner associations are encouraged to share the information with others within their communities.  For those who do not receive the report, I will gladly add you to the distribution list upon request to either tgshep@cox.net or shepperd@yorkcounty.gov.  Please include your name and address in the request.  Comments and questions are always welcome.  You can reach me at the phone numbers and email addresses listed below my name.*

 

I greatly appreciate your help in disseminating the report to other residents of our communities.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tom Shepperd

York County Board of Supervisors

 

Home (757) 868-8591

Mobile (757) 903-1875

tgshep@cox.net

shepperd@yorkcounty.gov

 

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1.  Recycling Challenge.  Recycling is important to the residents and businesses of York County.  How do I know?  The citizens of York County made it very clear back in 2012 when it looked as if the recycling program might go away that they wanted it to stay.  Many of you will remember the sorting of paper, plastics and glass and the green tubs we carried out to the curb for collection.  Today, the much larger 96 gallon wheeled bin makes recycling much easier.  There was also a significant change in cost.  Where we once to paid about a $1 million a year for recycling, the cost came down to around $340,000.  Competition among the recycling companies and the nearly insatiable demand by China for recyclable material drove the cost way down. Today, significant changes in the worldwide market are negatively impacting on our program.  China, concerned about pollution, is prohibiting the importing of 56 types of solid waste material and is imposing enhanced quality control on other types.  How will this affect us? 

 

About one third of our recyclable material is exported to China and the market for #3 through #7 plastics no longer exists.  Mixed paper that the Virginia Peninsula Service Authority (VPPSA) used to receive $96 per ton is now getting only $2 per ton.  County Waste, our current recycling company, says it will have to cease service by November 30, 2018 if the VPPSA members do not come up with additional funds for the curbside service.  This cost will most likely be carried over into any new contract and may put us back to a cost of $1 million per year.  Other changes may include tighter control over the material we place in the recycling bins and the elimination of some material altogether.  Of course, the alternative to recycling is to dump the material into a landfill.  While I can’t speak for the entire Board of Supervisors, it is my sense that the Supervisors will do what is necessary to continue our recycling program in some form or fashion.  You can expect to hear more about possible changes in our recycling program over the next year.

 

2.  Potential Business Development on Big Bethel Road.  Several residents contacted me concerning the orange County sign at the corner of Big Bethel Road and Hampton Boulevard.  The sign is there to announce that the County has received an application to rezone the land and build a business that requires a Special Use Permit (SUP).  The developer has been working with owners of three parcels of land that comprise about six and half acres.  The developers wish to build a storage facility plus three store fronts on the site.  One third of the land is currently zoned Limited Business with the rest zoned Residential (R-20: half acre lots).  The zoning would change the assembled parcels from Limited Business and R-20 to General Business, which allows for more intense use of the property.   The initial application was missing significant detail.  It did not show the required building setback from the streets nor the required buffers for the green belt along Hampton Highway or between nearby homes and the proposed businesses.  Also missing were  the storm water facilities such as a drainage pond and the entrances/exits of the property were not in compliance with VDOT standards.  Project planning is in the initial stages of development and the County has requested that the applicant update the plan with the required buffers, etc.

 

Obviously, the application is not ready for prime time.  What is important now is that you become aware of the potential sale of the property and the pending rezoning from residential to commercial use.  As with all rezoning and SUP requests, the application will first go before the Planning Commission for a public hearing and recommendation before going to the Board of Supervisors for a final decision.  Members of the County staff informed me that they have already received several calls and emails concerning the project, which they forwarded to the applicant.  As the project is refined, there will be ample time for you to provide your thoughts on the rezoning and SUP to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors either through letter, email, phone call, or public hearing.  I will ensure the  neighbors  within District 5 are kept abreast of the development. 

 

3. Road Issue on Hampton Highway.  The two bridges on Hampton Highway (Route 134) between York County and the City of Hampton will soon undergo major construction.  The reason for the changes is to bring the bridges up to safety standards and prevent roadway closure as a result of unwanted failures.  The northbound bridge, that’s the one you cross when traveling from the City of Hampton to York County, will be completely replaced.  It was built in 1930 and VDOT considers it “Functionally Obsolete.”  The southbound bridge, that is the one you cross when traveling from York County to the City of Hampton, was built in 1973 and is in need of a superstructure replacement.

 

The project has been moving forward on VDOT’s schedule and is currently in the Right of Way Phase. During this phase you will see crews relocating utilities, which may look like construction with lane closures and equipment in the right of way.  The utility contractor will work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  The project will move into the Construction Phase in 2019 and end sometime in 2021.  This is when the north and south bound lanes will be reduced from two lanes to one lane each way.  Construction will begin with the closing of the northbound bridge.  When this happens, the northbound traffic will crossover to the southbound bridge.  All traffic will switch to the northbound bridge when it is completed and work will then begin on the superstructure of the southbound bridge. 

 

4.  November 6, 2018 Election.  You can learn everything you need to know about the upcoming election by going to the York County webpage at www.yorkcounty.gov.  Once you are there, click on “Government” then select “Voter Registration.”  Mr. Walt Latham, York County’s Voter Registrar, has led a masterful effort to provide you with critical information about voting and the election.  One word of caution.  While all the information is there on the Registrar’s site, it can be really confusing if you try to dig it out one piece at a time.  The Registrar has created hyper links to help you quickly cut through the confusion.  On the front page of the Registrar’s site you can quickly confirm that you are registered to vote, identify your voting location, and apply for an absentee ballot. For questions about voting in this year’s election, please call the Voter Registrar’s Office at 757-890-3440.  The office is located in the County Administration Center, 224 Ballard Street, Yorktown, VA 23690.

 

Here are some important dates and times for this year’s election:

 

October 15th – This is the last day to register to vote.  It is also the last day for submitting a change of address.

October 30th – This is the last day to apply for an absentee application by mail.

November 3rd – This is the last day to vote absentee in person at the Central Absentee Precinct (CAP) in Historic Yorktown.  Please note that the CAP will be open on two Saturdays, October 27th and November 3rd

November 6th – All precincts will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. 

 

You can see what our ballot looks like on the Registrar’s webpage by selecting the “CLICK HERE” hyperlink.  This will take you to another page where you can select “What will my ballot look like? What will I be voting on?”

 

This year we will be voting on the following:

 

- Member United States Senate:

 

            Corey A. Stewart – R

                        Timothy M. Kaine – D

Matt J. Waters – L

 

- Member House of Representatives 2nd District:

 

                        Scott W. Taylor –R

                        Elaine G. Luria – D

 

            - Treasurer (York County) For unexpired term to end December 31, 2019:

 

David C. Westcott Jr

Candice D. Kelley

 

You will be asked to vote on two proposed constitutional amendments questions:

 

            Question 1 – Should a county, city, or town be authorized to provide a partial tax exemption for real property that is subject to recurrent flooding, if flooding resiliency improvements have been made on the property?  A yes vote will authorize the General Assembly to allow localities to provide the partial tax exemption.  A no vote will not allow such a tax exemption.

 

                        Comment:  I have several concerns about this fairly open ended constitutional amendment.  For example, authorization by the state for a property exemption does not mean a local government has to implement it.  We will not know the impact of the exemptions until after they are established and implemented.  Additionally, every time the constitution is changed to establish an exemption, the tax burden is passed on to the nonexempt tax payers.  I estimate today that there are thousands of tax exemptions that significantly burden the nonexempt tax payer, which is most of you. 

 

            Question 2 – Shall the real property tax exemption for a primary residence that is currently provided to the surviving spouses of veterans who had a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability be amended to allow the surviving spouse to move to a different primary residence and still claim the exemption?  A yes vote will allow the surviving spouse to move and still claim the tax exemption.  A no vote will not allow the surviving spouse to move and still claim the tax exemption. 

 

                        Comment:  Tax exemption for a 100% disabled American Veteran and the surviving spouse is one that I fully support.  This exemption will apply only if the surviving spouse does not remarry.

 

5.  Mosquito Control  -This summer Langley AFB announced the presence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes captured in their monitoring program.  This discovery led to the aerial spraying of the base.  Several York residents emailed me concerned that York County was not taking action to combat the problem.  I want to take this opportunity to update you on the County’s mosquito program.

 

The County is very proactive in addressing mosquito issues.  First, we have a staff dedicated to mosquito issues in York County.  The County is divided into 11 spray districts and the staff runs 37 mosquito traps each week.  We test mosquitoes for West Nile, encephalitis and other diseases.  When there is a positive result the samples are sent to the Virginia Health Department for additional testing.  To control the mosquito population, the staff stocks water areas such as BMPs with minnows called the (Eastern Gambusia).  They also use eight different larvicides in powder and pill from.  During ground truck spraying, the staff uses a chemical called Duet to control adult mosquitoes.  We are the only municipality on the Peninsula that sprays at 2 a.m. in order to avoid killing bees and other helpful insects.  Once the mosquito population reaches a certain count, the County will then contract with a private firm for aerial spraying.  The County has a notification process to keep the public informed of pending aerial spraying.

 

The staff tracks West Nile in three different species of mosquitoes.  The most common mosquito is call the House Mosquito.  It only travels about 100 yards during its life time.  I often like to warn people that if they do not take care and end up raising mosquitoes around their homes, they will be the first to be bitten. 

 

Langley AFB has a natural environment that is very marshy with large pockets of standing water.  The predominate mosquito at Langley is called the Marsh Mosquito.  The samplings around our area indicates that we have very few Marsh Mosquito.  Currently, the overall mosquito population in York County is rather low and therefore does not warrant aerial spraying.  Citizens in York County can request that the County come out to their property to inspect for mosquitoes.  All they have to do is call 890-3791.

 

6.  Fire and Life Safety Services. 

 

We all can see and feel the effects of population growth in York County.  There are more homes, more cars, less land for development and the relative high price for housing reflects a strong desire to live in York County.   The County’s growth rate has been less than one percent a year for more than an decade, which is a very manageable rate.  However, population growth and demographic changes such as an aging population along with public expectations for rapid emergency response has resulted in an increase in demands on our Fire and Life Service.  The service goal of our professional Fire Department is to respond to an emergency in less than five minutes and Fire Station #2 on Big Bethel Road accounts for 22%of all fire and Emergency Medical Service in York County.  The continued trend of increasing service calls has led the Board of Supervisors to incrementally grow our Fire and Life Safety staff.  

 

Here is a snap shot of demands on Fire and Life Safety: (Incident per units per year)

 

a.  Housing:

 

- Family Subdivision -  1 call per 7.2 homes

- Apartment/multi-family complex – 1 call for 4.7 units

- Age Restricted facility – 1 call to 2.4 units

- Congregate care/assisted living/nursing homes – 1.4 calls per each unit/bed

 

Observation:  Age related facilities require greater service.  As more and more age related facilities are built in York County we can expect an increase demand for more staff and equipment

 

b. Commercial facilities (calls per year):

 

- Big box stores like Walmart – 50 calls

- Strip mall – between 12 to 30 calls per mall

- Doctor offices/quick meds – 33 calls per facility

 

c. Population age (percent of all calls): 

 

- 0 to 14 years – 5.69%

- 15 to 24 years – 7.68%

- 25-34 years – 9.21%

- 35-49 years – 11.68%

- 50-64 years – 17.28%

- 65 and older – 48.46%

 

Observation:  As with age related facilities, the older the population the greater the demand.  It is estimated that by the year 2035 over 25 percent of the population will be above the age of 65.

 

Besides fighting fires, the Fire Department staff does a great job in seeking public safety grants that not only enhances the Fire Department’s service but saves on tax dollars.  Here is a great example of the grant effort.  Since 2017, York County’s Department of Fire and Life Safety has received over $800,000 in competitive grants.  These funds allowed the County to hire six additional firefighters that will be onboard in 2019 .  Their additions will provide more fighters/EMS personnel in response to emergency calls.  Additionally, the funds were used to buy a new breathing air compressor that will be located at Fire Station #1 on Dare Road, new medical equipment for the emergency transport of children, and equipment used in response to hazardous material incidents.  Also, the grant money helped to purchased Unmanned Aerial System equipment that is used jointly with the Sheriff’s Office for firefighting and law enforcement operations.

 

 

7.  Notes from Commonwealth Attorney Ben Hahn: 

 

a. Crime data and trends

 

There is no doubt that crime is increasing and becoming more violent in York County and Poquoson.  When I came to the Commonwealth’s Office in 2007, we would average one homicide a year with, at most, two pending at a time due to the overlap of one case ending and one case beginning.  At present, we have seven (7) homicide cases pending.  If we add pending attempted murders and malicious woundings, that number more than doubles.  We presently have a three (3) week trial scheduled in January and February 2019 on one first degree murder charge.  Armed robberies, burglaries, sexual assaults and possession/manufacture/distribution of child pornography are happening in York County and Poquoson with alarming frequency.  Although not as serious, but no less concerning, are the increasing number of individuals who enter the County under the cover of darkness to rummage through unlocked vehicles.  Most of these car burglaries are perpetrated by young men or juveniles who live in surrounding jurisdictions.  We must educate the citizenry to lock their vehicles and take other precautions so that our jurisdiction does not attract this type of criminality. 

 

There can be little doubt that the increase in crime is directly related to the increase in heroin/opioid use and to the  increased potency of marijuana and its derivatives.  Drug usage that was once confined to inner cities has found its way to suburbia.  Unfortunately, this is a nationwide phenomenon.

 

b. Body Worn Cameras (BWC)

 

I am eternally grateful for the Board’s understanding of the impact that the Sheriff’s deployment of BWCs has had upon the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.  Although the review of the BWC footage is daunting, without the additional attorney provided by the Board, the additional workload would have been crushing. 

 

Perhaps the most telling evidence regarding BWCs is the fact that the Virginia General Assembly has recognized that BWCs have caused a sea change in the prosecution of criminal cases.  The Virginia Senate went so far as to place the following language in the most recent budget bill:

 

“J. Notwithstanding § 15.2-1636.14., any locality in the Commonwealth that elects to employ the use of body worn cameras for its law enforcement officers shall be required to hire one entry level Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, at a salary established by the Compensation Board, at a rate of one Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for up to 50 body worn cameras employed for use by patrol officers, and one Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for every 50 body worn cameras employed for use by patrol officers, thereafter.”

 

Fortunately, this “unfunded mandate” was not adopted.  The issue is not going away, however, because in lieu of the mandate, the Compensation Board was directed to convene a “working group” to recommend “budgetary and legislative actions for consideration during the 2019 Session.”  Again, I applaud the Board of Supervisors for recognizing the need before the General Assembly did.  I sincerely hope that the General Assembly does not dictate a “one size fits all” unfunded mandate upon localities.  Although we are in the infancy of dealing with the numerous challenges posed by BWCs, I have no doubt that, with time, we will become more efficient and that, in years to come, future prosecutors will question how we ever prosecuted cases without such technology.

 

8.  Notes from Sheriff Danny Diggs.

 

a.  Crime Trends.

 

Over the past 18 years the District 5 Reports have identified numerous incidences of Larceny from vehicles.  Wallets, purses, cameras, loose change, golf clubs, checkbooks, credit cards, computers, and guns along with many other items were taken. One characteristic of these crimes is that over 98% of the vehicles were unlocked.  Today, larceny from vehicles remains the most prevalent crime in York County.  The simplest way to protect your property is to remove valuables and lock your vehicles.

 

Opioid overdose is still a very serious problem in York County.  Sheriff Deputies responded to 126 calls for opioid overdoses in the past two years.  The death rate from opioids in Virginia is 13.5 deaths per 100,000 persons.  In 2015, Virginia providers wrote 70 opioid prescriptions per 100 persons, which equates to about 5.6 million prescriptions.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, these figures are equivalent to the national average.    York County Deputies now carry Narcan on their duty belts and have administered Narcan more than 50 times in the past two years.   Narcan (Naloxone HCI) is  used for the treatment of an opioid emergency  or a possible opioid overdose.

 

Comment:  Taking fentanyl, which is an opioid, without prescription, especially when mixed with other medication or alcohol can result in death.  Parents, please talk with your children about the very real dangers of experimenting with drugs.

 

b.  Upgrades.

 

            State funds are insufficient to meet the law enforcement requirements of York County and as a result, the County funds over 50% of the deputies within the Sheriff’s Department.  Over the past three budget years, eight new deputies were added to the Department.  Two of the new positions are School Resource Officers in the middle schools.  In 2017, the County provided a state of the art mobile command post and funding for the Unmanned Aerial System program that is used jointly with the York County Fire Department.

 

            The quick adoption of new technology in law enforcement has met with tremendous success in York County.  The purchase of body cameras and software that is integrated with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has been timely and effective.  The shooting death of a perpetrator by one of our deputies was captured by a body camera and helped to quickly defuse a potentially disruptive and tense situation.  Another example of technology upgrade is the installation of new mobile data terminals for Sheriff’s Office patrol cars.  These new devices allow deputies on patrol to quickly prioritize and respond to emergency calls.

 

            Other significant improvements that enhance law enforce include $250,000 to help fund the Sheriff’s Office Training/Firearms Range located on County property off of Goodwin Neck Road, funding for the K9 program, and most recently proposed funding in Fiscal Year 2020 for construction of a new Sheriff’s Office facility.

 

* Homeowner Associations are encouraged to use portions of this report in preparing their association newsletters.  Comments and opinions expressed in the District 5 Report do not necessarily represent the position of the other members of the York County Board of Supervisors.  All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and to the Virginia Public Records Act, which may result in monitoring and disclosure to third parties, including law enforcement.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

VA-02 Emergency Contact Information

News from Representative Taylor

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Dear Friend,

Despite the most recent reports from the National Hurricane Center that Florence has turned towards the Carolinas and Georgia, the storm still presents great danger to residents in VA-02. Governor Northam has already declared a state of emergency and the President has approved an emergency declaration for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As we have witnessed in the past, these storms have the potential to damage infrastructure and severely impede emergency response capabilities. 

I have compiled contact information for federal, state, and local authorities to help you prepare for the worst this storm could bring. If no resources are available in your immediate area, contact the Virginia Emergency Management Agency to ask about other resources or to obtain contact information. 

My office stands ready to help should you or your loved ones require assistance during this time. 



Scott Taylor
Member of Congress

General Information

Download the FEMA app to get weather alerts for up to 5 locations, Hurricane prep tips, shelter locations, and FEMA claim application info: https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

FEMA
7 a.m. – 11 p.m. ET, Sun-Mon
https://www.fema.gov
Phone: 1-800-621-3362
Phone: 1-800-462-7585 TTY

U.S. HOSPITAL FINDER
http://www.ushospitalfinder.com/hospitals-in/Virginia

TRANSITIONAL SHELTERING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
http://www.femaevachotels.com/

DHS DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
https://www.ready.gov/

TRAFFIC INFORMATION
www.511virginia.org

Call 511
Hampton Roads Traffic Line: 757-361-3016
FEMA Road Conditions: 1-800-621-3362

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (VDOT)
www.virginiadot.org

Virginia DOT: 1-800-367-ROAD
North Carolina DOT: 1-877-DOT4YOU

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
1-866-782-3470
www.vaemergency.gov
http://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup/

AMERICAN RED CROSS

1-800-733-2767
www.redcross.org

DOMINION VIRGINIA POWER: 1-800-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) 

FOR VETERANS OR EMPLOYEES AT HAMPTON VA

VETERAN HURRICANE CRISIS HOTLINE: 800-507-4571
HAMPTON VA EMPLOYEE DISASTER HOTLINE: 866-233-0152
PHARMACY CUSTOMER CARE: 866-400-1243

State Run Shelters

- Christopher Newport University, Freeman Center,  Newport News 

College of William and Mary, Williamsburg

VA Evacuation Zones



Virginia Beach

*Please be advised that the below information may change. Consult local news and radio stations for the latest updates on weather conditions and contact city/town/municipal governments in your area for questions about shelter locations/times, local emergency response, and weather advisories*

Shelters for People

Kellam High School, 2665 W. Neck Road;a medically friendly shelter will also operate at Kellam High School.

Individuals who plan on relocating to a shelter should bring enough supplies to last at least three days for each family member. Please visit www.vbgov.com/residents/emergency-preparedness/Pages/Emergency%20Shelters.aspx for rules, a list of what supplies to bring and items that are prohibited in shelters.

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.).

There will be no shelter operations at these locations, as originally planned:

  • Corporate Landing Middle School
  • Old Donation School
  • Field House (medically friendly shelter)
  • Landstown High School
  • Green Run High School
  • Tallwood High School

Shelters for Pets

For Virginia Beach residents who are relocating to a shelter and need boarding for a pet, the City is opening Landstown Elementary School, 2212 Recreation Drive, on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. Employees with the Animal Care and Adoption Center will be staffing this shelter.

  • Available only to Virginia Beach residents who are relocating to an area shelter
  • Residents will be required to show picture ID with proof of address to utilize shelter
  • Intake times: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 
  • Only dogs and cats will be accepted
    • Owners will be required to sign liability waiver upon entry
    • Cats must arrive in a carrier/enclosure and dogs must be securely on a leash
    • Dog crates and appropriate cat housing will be available on-site or bring your own
    • Bring medications, food, bedding/toys
    • Aggressive animals and those with known medical issues above the capabilities of the emergency shelter will not be accepted. Animals with known contagious diseases will also not be accepted
  • Owners must return to retrieve their pets within 12 hours of the closing of the shelters for humans
  • Call 385-7460 to discuss further details and ensure space availability. Space is limited (200 pets) and will be first come, first served. 

For the most up-to-date information, stay tuned to local television and radio stations and the outlets listed below:

  • Citizen Services: 311 is available 24 hours a day for questions and reporting non-emergency conditions. Please only call or text 911 in a life-threatening emergency.

Norfolk

Shelters

Bayview Community Center (pet friendly), 8613 Willow Terrace
Crossroads Elementary School, 8021 Old Ocean View Road
Norview High School, 6501 Chesapeake Boulevard
Southside STEM Academy, 1106 Campostella Road

Contact Information

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE: 757-441-5533

Residents seeking shelter should contact Norfolk Cares at (757) 664-6510

https://www.norfolk.gov/Index.aspx?NID=629


 

Poquoson

Shelters

Emergency Shelter operations for the citizens of Poquoson and York County are being consolidated into the Commonwealth of Virginia shelter which has been established at Christopher Newport University effective 4:00 PM Thursday, September 13, 2018. 

Contact Information

For information regarding sheltering please call 757-890-3621.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: 757-868-3510

https://www.ci.poquoson.va.us/263/Emergency-Information


Hampton

Shelters

George P. Phenix School, 1061 Big Bethel Road, opened at 11 a.m. Tuesday as a shelter for those with medical needs as well as the general population.

A pet friendly shelter opened at Bethel High School, located at 1067 Big Bethel Road, at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Those who are evacuating can park their car at the city parking garage on Settlers Landing Road or on the first and ground floors of the Peninsula Town Center garage

Contact Information

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: 757-727-1208
Email: emoffice@hampton.gov

https://hampton.gov/242/Emergency-Management


York County

Shelters

York County has consolidated shelter operations with the state-run facility at Christopher Newport University’s (CNU) Freeman Center, 1 University Place, Newport News, 23606. 

The individuals who reported to York County’s shelter at Tabb High School have relocated to CNU. The shelter at CNU is open to residents of all localities. A second state-run shelter is open at William & Mary’s McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center, 705 S. Henry Street, Williamsburg, 23185. The shelter at Tabb High School remains set-up and ready to re-open if needed. 

Three parking lots where residents may take their boats, trailers, RVs, and other vehicles remain open:
• The McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC), 412 Sports Way, 23692
• Chisman Creek Park, 1314 Wolf Trap Road, 23692 (this lot is now full)
• Kiln Creek Park, 2901 Kiln Creek Parkway, 23693

York County Sheriff’s deputies will regularly patrol these parking areas. However, the county assumes no liability for loss or damage to these vehicles.

Contact Information

Residents should continue to monitor weather reports and the County’s website www.yorkcounty.gov and social media pages (Facebook: @yorkcountyva and Twitter: @YorkCountyVAGov) for up-to-date information, and on the county’s cable channel – WYCG-TV Cox 48, Verizon 40.

For more information, call York County Public Affairs at (757) 890-3300.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT757-890-3620

https://www.yorkcounty.gov/178/Emergency-Communications


Eastern Shore

Accomack County

Accomack County has 6 shelters. Shelters will be open on an "as needed" basis. Shelter openings will be announced on local radio stations. You cannot enter a shelter until it is open

Shelters

Arcadia Middle & High Schools
Lankford Highway, Oak Hall

Nandua Middle & High Schools
Lankford Highway, Onley

Accawmacke Elementary School
Drummondtown Rd., Accomac

Metompkin Elementary School
Parksley Rd., Parksley

Northampton County

Northampton High School
16041 Courthouse Rd., Eastville

Occohannock Elementary School
4208 Seaside Rd., Exmore

Kiptopeake Elementary School
24023 Fairview Rd., Cape Charles

Contact Information

Accomack County EOC: 757-787-0900/757-824-0900

Northampton County EOC: 757-678-0442

Chincoteague EOC: 757-336-6519/757-3360911

Accomack Sheriff's Office: 757-787-1131/757-824-5666

Northampton Sheriff's Office: 757-678-0490/757-678-0458

Williamsburg

Shelters

The state opened an emergency shelter at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center (William & Mary) at 705 S. Henry Street. For more information on the state shelter, please call 2-1-1.

The City is prepared to activate Emergency Operations Center to coordinate City efforts if necessary.

Contact Information

Residents are encouraged to stay informed of local services and storm-related news and activities. Local sources include:

  • The City website at www.williamsburgva.gov – there is an emergency banner at the top of the page with the most up-to-date information.
  • The City’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/Williamsburg.Virginia.
  • The City’s Twitter feed @WilliamsburgGov.
  • Local news sources such as the Virginia Gazette, WY Daily, The Tide 92.3 FM and WMBG 93.5 FM and 740 AM.
  • Regional news sources including WTKR TV-3, WAVY-TV 10 and WVEC TV-13.

Police non-emergency: 757-220-2331 (in an emergency call 911)

Fire non-emergency: 757-220-6220 (in an emergency call 911) 

Public Works: 757-220-6140 (After hours 220-6196

Human Services: Call the City’s Human Services Department at 220-6161 for special needs assistance 

City Manager's Office: 757-220-6100 

If the City declares a local emergency you will be notified that the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated. Emergency Operations Center: 444 N. Boundary Street, 757-259-7200


James City County

Shelters

Recent forecasts for our area did not warrant the opening of a County shelter. We urge residents not to shelter at The College of William & Mary, as it is intended for mandatory evacuees from coastal areas in Virginia and North Carolina. Instead, it is recommended that residents who choose to leave should first go to their family or friends for shelter.

Contact Information

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will resume partial activation Friday, Sept. 14 and will be active from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. County officials continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence and assess its possible impacts on James City County. The Citizen Inquiry Line 757-564-2140 will be active Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT757-564-2140

https://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/683/Emergency-Management


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