Shelters open in response to Hurricane Matthew's impact

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach opened shelters for those affected by Hurricane Matthew this weekend.

Norview High School, located at 6501 Chesapeake Boulevard, is serving as the shelter in Norfolk. The entrance is on the left-hand side of the building.

Anyone who needs transportation to the shelter should call (757) 441-5610.

The city said that people should bring personal items, sleeping bags, blankets, and snacks.  Pets are welcome. Owners have to have pet carriers and food for their pets. They also have to remain on-site with their pets at all times.

In addition, St. Luke Church, located at 809 Norchester Street, opened its doors as a shelter until power has been restored to people.

City officials remind residents to stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.  

In addition to the York Street Parking Garage, the city has opened Freemason Street Garage, 161 West Freemason Street and Bank Street Garage, 441 Bank Street for free, dry parking.  Residents have to move their vehicles by noon on Monday, October 10.

The City of Virginia Beach opened a shelter at Cox High School at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The school is located at 2425 Shorehaven Drive.

A release from the city stated:

If you are going, bring enough supplies to last at least three days for each family member. That includes bottled water, canned or packaged food, a manual can opener and cooler, disposable plates, cups and utensils, portable flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, folding chairs, change of clothing and shoes, cots, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, quiet games, toys, books and cards, a first aid kit, medications, toiletries, glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures, ‚ÄčID cards, car keys, credit cards, cash  special-diet foods, photocopies of important papers (i.e. insurance policies) and baby supplies (i.e. food/formula, diapers, etc.).

The following items are prohibited inside the shelter: smoking, alcohol, drugs, other illegal substances, pets (except assistance dogs), loud radios or televisions, matches, lighters and weapons of any kind (guns, knives, chains, etc.).

The City of Portsmouth offered shelter at I. C. Norcom High School. By late Sunday afternoon, the shelter closed.


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