Virginia Beach distributes water in emergency preparedness drill

Posted at 2:08 PM, Jun 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-20 20:32:51-04

The City of Virginia Beach spent Wednesday morning distributing cases of free water to citizens as part of an emergency preparedness drill.

Two distribution sites at Salem High School and First Colonial High School were set up where folks could drive through and receive a case of water as well as hurricane evacuation guides.

The drill was designed to test the city's ability to deliver water to citizens in case of a disruption to the water supply.

Tiffany Wright with the Virginia Beach Public Utilities explained, "The city wants to make sure that it's emergency plans are up to par and that we will be able to properly and efficiently distribute water to the residents in the event of an emergency like a hurricane."

Volunteers took care of distribution, so the only cost for the drill was the water itself.

"To distribute the cases of water it's about 3 to 4 dollars per case," Wright said. 

The City says the cost is a necessary expense to make sure everything will go smoothly in the event of a real emergency.

"Any of those things that do come up that need refining we are able to address those issues and when we do have a real emergency event everything can go as smooth as possible because we've already tweaked," Wright said.

One thousand cases were distributed between the two sites on Wednesday.