Hurricane Sandy Shelter information

Posted at 4:14 PM, Oct 27, 2012


Chesapeake will open the following shelters at 7pm Sunday night:


The City of Chesapeake will open a Storm Shelter tonight, Sunday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m. at Oscar Smith High School, 1994 Tiger Drive. Residents who decide to come to a shelter need to understand that conditions are extremely basic. Residents should bring adequate food, water, medical supplies, bedding and comfort items for each member of their family for a stay of at least 48 hours due to the anticipated severity of the storm. Shelters provide a safe, dry location during the storm. In addition, access to electrical power (other than lighting) is extremely limited or may not be available at all.


The City will open a medical needs shelter for residents who are oxygen dependent or who need electricity for medical equipment  today Sunday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m. at Greenbrier Middle School, 1016 Greenbrier Parkway.  This shelter is intended for those whose medical needs cannot safely be met at home during the storm.

The shelter does not take the place of a hospital and is intended only for those whose conditions are stable. A primary caregiver should accompany each individual to the shelter to provide support.

Residents coming to the shelter need to bring durable medical equipment and oxygen tanks, medication and supplies, personal care items, special foods, and vital documents. Service animals only are permitted. They must also bring their own bedding and comfort items.


A Pet Shelter will open tonight at 7:00 p.m. at River Crest Community Center,   1001 River Walk Parkway. The shelter will accept domestic animals only, with the exception of snakes which are not permitted. Owners should bring food, a towel, any medications, and their animal’s crate/cage, if possible. Loaner crates are available as supplies permit. Birds and pocket pets MUST be in their own cages. Pet owners will be provided shelter at Oscar Smith High School and owners will be allowed to return to the Pet Shelter to walk and visit their pets as weather conditions permit.

Residents with questions or concerns should call: 382-2489

Newport News: 

Warwick High School, located at 51 Copeland Lane, will open as shelter at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, October 28th.  Residents should bring the following:

  • any medications or special needs equipment as well as caregivers;
  • air mattresses, blankets, and pillows;
  • special items for babies and toddlers, the elderly and handicapped;
  • reading materials and games;
  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.);
  • clothing;
  • water (at least one gallon per person per day);
  • non-perishable food; special diet foods, including foods for seniors and infants;
  • first aid kit; and
  • battery operated radio, flashlight and extra batteries.

There is limited capacity for pets (dogs and cats only) at the shelter. Residents who bring pets need to bring a kennel, cage or crate, pet food, and water, and be prepared to care for your pet. Animals will be housed at the shelter, but separately from people.


The city of Norfolk will open the following four shelters tonight Saturday October 27, 2012 at 6:30 p.m:

Bayview Recreation Center (Pet-Friendly Shelter)
8613 Willow Terrace

Campostella Elementary School
1106 Campostella Road

Norview High School
6501 Chesapeake Blvd

Granby High School
7101 Granby Street

Bayview Recreation Center will accommodate household pets such as a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, rodent or turtle. Household pets do not include: reptiles (except turtles), fish, insects/arachnids and farm animals. Owners are required to remain at the shelter with their animals at all times. Bring all necessary food and medications. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

Residents are advised to bring bedding materials, toiletries, medicine, food and any other items they deem necessary to ride out the storm.

Virginia Beach:

The City of Virginia Beach will open an emergency shelter at 10 a.m. Sunday to accommodate residents during Hurricane Sandy at Birdneck Elementary School, 957 S. Birdneck Road. 


An emergency shelter will open Sunday morning at Lakeview Elementary School at 8 a.m.  The address is 1300 Horne Avenue. 

Mathews County: 

A shelter will open at 8 am Sunday at Thomas Hunter Middle School.