Eastern Virginia Medical School is located in a low lying coastal area; Norfolk's elevation and its proximity to several rivers make it susceptible to flooding. Nearly every year, and sometimes several times throughout the year during times of heavy rain, hurricanes or nor'easter storms, the EVMS’ Community is threatened with the potential of precipitation, tidal and/or wind-driven flooding and/or low-land flooding.
- Prepare an Emergency Kit
- If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
- If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground.
- If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and move essential items to an upper floor.
- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.
- Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.
- If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
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