Resources to help prepare for Atlantic Hurricane Season

Know Your Zone

“Know Your Zone” serves roughly 1.25 million residents who live in Coastal Virginia, the region of the state most vulnerable to hurricanes and other tropical storms. Twenty-three localities participate in the tiered evacuation zones. Zones were developed in close coordination with local emergency managers throughout Hampton Roads, the Northern Neck, the Middle Peninsula and the Eastern Shore based on the most up-to-date engineering data for the region.

Zones are designated A through D. Zones provide residents with clarity on whether they should evacuate in an emergency or shelter at home, based on their physical street address and the nature of the emergency event. When a serious storm is expected to threaten or impact Virginia’s coastal regions, state and local emergency agencies will work with local news media outlets, as well as social media channels, that will then broadcast and publish evacuation directives to the public.

This website displays a detailed, interactive, color-coded map showing each evacuation zone. Residents can use the map to view their region or zoom in to their residential neighborhood and street. Users can enter their physical address in the search bar to view and confirm their designated evacuation zone.

Read more at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management web site and look up your zone:

2-1-1 Virginia
2-1-1 Virginia connects people with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia:

Additional VDEM resources:

Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness Guide:

FEMA Resources:

Proper Emergency Kit Essential to Hurricane Preparedness

How to prepare for a hurricane (PDF)

Hurricane Preparedness: Plan to Improve Your Safety

Military One Source Resources:

Creating a Family Emergency Plan

Department of Defense Resources:

DoD Emergency Preparedness Guide