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Do you know your zone? Community Emergency Response (CERT) volunteers with James City County are going door-to-door in neighborhoods included in the County’s evacuation zones.
Evacuation zones designated A through C are in place in James City County. In the event of a storm or other emergency, residents of one or more zones may be directed to evacuate depending on tides, storm intensity, path, and other factors.
Volunteers will make every effort to visit every home in a zone, however, they may have to pass by those with protective dogs or other barriers.
It is easy to find out if you live in one of the zones. Visit www.KnowYourZoneVA.org and enter your address on the New Zone Evacuation Map.
When a storm is approaching, emergency managers will determine which zones are most at risk considering the intensity, path, speed, tides and other meteorological factors. Emergency managers at the state and local level will work with local media and use social media and other tools to notify residents of impacted zones what they should do to stay safe. Depending on the emergency, being safe might mean staying at home, a short trip to higher ground, or traveling to a different region of the state.
Twenty-three localities are participating in the Know Your Zone program. They include the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach; counties of Accomack, Essex, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northampton, Northumberland, Richmond County, Surry, Westmoreland, York and the town of Chincoteague.
For more information, call 757-564-2140 or visit www.KnowYourZoneVA.org.
Media Contact:Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer757-253-6605; email@example.com