Hurricane Evacuation Information

Monitor local radio or television stations for official emergency information and instructions.  If an evacuation order is issued, leave immediately.  During evacuations, roadways can get crowded and airports might close. This can make it difficult to execute a recovery plan and get your vital records

Make a home evacuation plan:

  • Coastal residents should become familiar with their designated evacuation routes and know where they will go if ordered to evacuate.
    • Emergency officials have designated hurricane evacuation routes for Hampton, the Eastern Shore, Norfolk, Poquoson, the Middle Peninsula, the Northern Neck, Virginia Beach and York County.  City or county officials will issue a evacuation order if conditions warrant it. 
    • If you have questions about your area's evacuation routes, contact your local emergency manager.
  • Residents living inland should know where to go if ordered to evacuate their area.  Flash floods can develop in a matter of minutes, with little or no warning. Know ahead of time where your family can go to find higher ground.
  • Identify ahead of time where you could go if you have to leave your home. Choose several places, such as a friend's home in another town, a motel and a shelter.
  • Remember that evacuation shelters often do not supply pillows, blankets or sheets. Bring these items with you.
  • Make a plan for your pets. If an evacuation is ordered, many people do not want to leave their pets behind, so plan now for what you will do.  Know ahead of time where you can you’re your pets – perhaps to a friend or relative, a veterinarian or a kennel.
    • Virginia now offers pet sheltering in some designated shelters. Check with your local emergency manager for locations.
    • Learn more about pet emergency planning from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
  • When severe weather is approaching, make sure your emergency supply kit is nearby and listen to local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions -- you might have only minutes to act.
  • Keep the telephone numbers of evacuation shelters with a road map. You may need to take alternate or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged.
  • Make sure that all family members are family with your hurricane evacuation plan.

VDOT’s hurricane evacuation information:

See detailed hurricane evacuation information from the Virginia Department of Transportation.  View videos on lane reversal, storm surge and hurricane preparedness.

Download Virginia’s Hurricane Evacuation Guide, produced by the VDOT, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and Ready Virginia.

Know road conditions before you leave.  Visit or for the latest road reports and listings of closed roads during amajor hurricane or storm event.  Also, dial 511 from any phone for real-time traffic information and road condition reports.

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