Town of Cape Charles Hurricane Florence Notification
September 11, 2018
Hurricane Florence presents a major threat to public safety. While the storm’s exact course and landfall is uncertain at this time, the storm will likely bring a long period of sustained winds and heavy rain to the Cape Charles area. As you may know, there is a mandatory evacuation of Zone A. Zone A comprises much of the old town area. Residents are encouraged to seek shelter outside of the Zone A area. The evacuation center for Cape Charles residents is the Nandua school in Accomack County. There is no evacuation center in the town limits, or in Northampton County. Please see the links below for reliable, current news and information.
Town staff is working to prepare public streets and facilities for the impending storm. Residents can help be removing objects from porches, decks, and yards that can be moved and blown around by strong storm winds. These blowing objects pose a danger to people and property. Please take care to remove trash cans from the street and curb after today’s trash collection. Secure the can behind a fence or gate if you are able.
The Town staff will be posting updates on www.capecharles.org as well as by Nixel and e-Notification alerts. The Town is partnering with the Cape Charles Mirror and Cape Charles Happenings to reach as wide a readership as possible. We will know more about the storm in the next few hours and days. As events require the Town will be posting additional information. Please do not hesitate to contact the Town offices at 757-331-3259 if you have questions or concerns.
Mayor William “Smitty” Dize
In 2017, Virginia launched new tiered evacuation zones based on engineering data for the region. The zones are designated A through D. Properties within the town of Cape Charles are included in zones A, B and C. When a serious storm is expected to impact Virginia, state and local emergency managers will work with local news media outlets to broadcast evacuation directives to the public based on the appropriate zone. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is urging everyone to “ Know Your Zone.” Just input your street address in the search bar to find out which zone you are in.
There are a number of great resources regarding hurricane preparedness available online. Here are a few links:
Virginia Department of Emergency Management Hurricanes Page: http://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricanes/
Virginia Hurricane Preparedness Guide: http://www.vaemergency.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Hurricane-Preparedness-Evacuation-Guide-Electronic-Use-OnlyWebsite-Embed-2.pdf
Get Ready America! Hurricane Safety Page: http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/
There are many homes in Cape Charles that have part time residents. With the impending storm and the possibility of strong winds and heavy rains, it would be prudent for each of us to pay attention to your neighbors’ homes as well as your own. Below is a list of items for consideration to avoid damages from the winds that may come with the storm:
Secure all Outdoor Items in case of strong winds:
- Lawn / yard furniture (tables, chairs, umbrellas, etc.)
- Decorative items
- Boat and utility trailers in the yard or the street
- Trash Receptacles
- Anything else that can be blown around in the high winds potentially causing damage to personal property
Please DO NOT put any yard debris, brush or other trash on the street curb. Any debris can pose a safety hazard in strong winds and will clog storm drains if any flooding occurs.
If there is any street flooding, DO NOT drive your vehicle through high water. If you cannot see the pavement, DO NOT go through it as this could cause irreparable damage to your vehicle.
Mayor Dize and the Town staff appreciate everyone’s assistance during this period. For emergencies, please call 911 or 678-0458.
The Northampton County Department of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation with the National Weather Service. Updates will be issued as necessary depending on the updated information. Updates are typically issued via the Northampton County Emergency Alert System. The Town will also be utilizing its Nixle Alert System.
If you haven’t already signed up for the Town’s Nixle Alert System, we urge you to do so. There are several ways for you to register:
- Text “23310” or “CAPECHARLES” to 888777 from your mobile phone. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation text to your mobile device.
- Go to www.capecharles.org and sign up via the Nixle Widget which is located on our home page.