Emergency Shelters Opening

Virginia Beach has opened Emergency Shelters due to the weather. I would suggest being prepared while you still have power. The city also has Medically Friendly Shelters for people with special needs. Update on Shelters to Open in Virginia Beach Irene #018 – 11:45 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2011

Five city shelters will be open during the storm. Three will open at 6 p.m. Friday:

1. Landstown High School - 2001 Concert Drive – General Shelter

2. Salem High School - 1993 SunDevil Drive – Medically Friendly Shelter

3. Birdneck Elementary School – 957 S. Birdneck Road - General Shelter

Two city shelters will open at 6 a.m. Saturday:

1. The Virginia Beach Field House, 2157 Landstown Road - General Shelter

2. Cox High School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive - General Shelter. T

he public shelters are available to anyone in the City of Virginia Beach who feels they would be safer in a shelter than in their home or campground. Pets are not permitted in public shelters. Citizens should bring with them to the shelter enough emergency supplies for 3 days including: Bottled Water Canned or packaged foods Manual Can Opener, Cooler Paper plates, utensils, cups etc. Portable flashlight, batteries Battery powered radio, TV Sanitation supplies Folding chairs, etc. Change of clothing/footwear Blanket, sleeping bag, pillow Quiet games, toys, books, cards First aid kit: include medications Infant, elderly, disabled items Extra glasses or contacts ID, car keys, credit card, cash Citizens are responsible for their belongings. Valuables should be locked in your car, or kept with you at all times. The shelter is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Medically Friendly Salem High School has the capacity to support a small number of persons that have basic medical needs. The school also has expanded generator capacity to support electrically dependent needs. There will be nurses available for medical monitoring only. If you have advanced medical needs (ventilator dependent, complex medical conditions, bedridden, etc.), this is not the place for you to shelter. Please consult with your local physician for recommendations on evacuating and sheltering in place. There will be nurses that will be interviewing clients as they arrive so that the shelters do not exceed their capabilities of care. There are minimal supplies available and no medications available, so citizens that do decide to check in should bring all necessary medications and supplies.

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