Implement Your Evacuation Plan
Know where you are going and leave early (preferably at the beginning of the watch period), leaving sufficient time to avoid heavy evacuation traffic. Evacuate in daylight with a full tank of gas. Take only the most valuable possessions with you; otherwise place them in high points away from flooding within your home. Listen to your car radio for additional emergency information or evacuation routing problems.
Lock Windows and Doors
Turn off gas, water and electricity. Check to see that you have done everything you can to protect your property from damage or loss.
Carry Along Survival Supplies
You should have preplanned what to take within your vehicle (blankets, bottled water, canned or dried provisions, eating utensils, extra family medications, first aid kit, games, hearing aid, manual can opener, prescriptions, sleeping bags, spare batteries, spare glasses and other essential survival items). Take additional changes of clothing and foul weather gear.
Keep Important Items with You at All Times
You should have preplanned to keep in your possession your driver's license, personal identification papers, insurance policies, personal property inventory, medic-alert or device with special medical information, maps to destination, heirlooms, valuable pictures and essential paperwork that may be vital during and after your evacuation. Take cash, since ATMs or credit card machines may not be working.
Going to a Shelter
Take blankets, sleeping bags, flashlights, special dietary foods, infant needs, games, lightweight folding chairs, and water. Register every person arriving with you at the shelter. Do not take pets, alcoholic beverages or weapons of any kind to the shelter. Be prepared to offer assistance to shelter workers if necessary, and advise all family members of their obligations to keep the shelter clean and orderly.
Evacuation Route to Safety
If You Must Leave VDOT has developed a traffic control plan that is designed to maximize roadway capacities during a mass evacuation. During emergency situations, residents need to listen to radio or television stations for specific information from local emergency management officials. Situations will be constantly changing through the evacuation period. Leave as early as possible and use routes specified for your area.
Individuals residing in the Mathews, Gloucester and Middlesex counties will evacuate along Route 17 north.
Individuals residing in Northumberland, Westmoreland, Lancaster and Richmond counties will evacuate along Routes 202 and 203 to Route 3 north toward Fredericksburg.
Residents of Northampton and Accomack counties will use Route 13 north as the evacuation route. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is not an evacuation route!
PHASE 1 EVACUATION
Phase 1 evacuation may involve the Cities of Hampton, Poquoson, Virginia Beach and Norfolk and York County. It is expected that evacuation notices will be issued for certain areas of Hampton, Poquoson, Virginia Beach and York County prior to other localities.
Individuals residing south of Route 44 (now called I-264) and along the ocean front will use I-64 toward Suffolk. Individuals residing north of Route 44 (now called I-264) will use I-64 West toward Richmond.
Individuals residing east of I-64 (outside of interstate loop) will use I-64 west toward Richmond. Individuals residing west of I-64 (inside the inter- state loop) will use I-64 toward Suffolk.
Individuals residing in the area of King Street and north of Pembroke Avenue will use I-64 toward Richmond. Individuals residing east of King Street and south of Pembroke Avenue (including Fort Monroe) will use Mercury Boulevard to the James River Bridge to Route 258/32 in Isle of Wight County or Route 60 west. Individuals residing north of Mercury Boulevard between King Street and Armistead Avenue (in the vicinity of Langley Air Force Base) will take Armistead Avenue to Magruder Boulevard and use Route 17 north toward Gloucester County.
Langley AFB will be evacuated out of the west gate toward Magruder Boulevard - South to I-64 east to Mercury Boulevard to the James River Bridge. Individuals will follow that route to their evacuation assembly area at Fort Pickett Army Barracks.
Poquoson and York County
All residents will use Route 17 north toward Gloucester County. Residents also may use Victory Boulevard to I-64 west toward Richmond.
PHASE 2 EVACUATION
Phase 2 evacuation may involve the City of Newport News, the remainder of Hampton, and the Cities of Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk. It is expected that evacuation notices will be issued for only certain areas within the above jurisdictions depending upon the situation.
Individuals residing north of I-264 will use route 17 north to Route 258/32 south in Isle of Wight County; Route 337 west and I-664 north to Route 17 north, then to Route 10 west toward Smithfield. Individuals residing south of I-264 will use Airline Boulevard to Route 58/460 west toward Suffolk.
Residents will use I-64, I-264, I-464 or I-664 to Route 58/460 toward Suffolk.
Residents north of Route 125 will use Route 17 north, to Route 258/32 to Route 10 west toward Smithfield.
Residents will use Route 143 West (Jefferson Avenue) or Route 60 West (Warwick Boulevard) through Williamsburg via Route 162, Route 143, Route 132 then to Route 60 towards Richmond.
Individuals residing west of King Street and south of Mercury Boulevard will use I-64 west toward Richmond. Individuals residing west of Armistead Avenue and north of Mercury Boulevard will use Route 17 north toward Gloucester County.
Source: Hampton Roads Emergency Management Committee