It’s only a matter of time until a major hurricane hits Hampton Roads, and Virginia isn’t ready for evacuees.
A new report warns that Virginia is not ready for the next major storm that someday will hit Hampton Roads. All Virginians should worry about that conclusion, even those living in the relative safety of the Blue Ridge.
The independent study, which the U.S.Department of Homeland Security funded with a $505,000 grant, identifies a number of challenges related to managing a large-scale evacuation. Shelter systems and capacity are insufficient, planning is lacking, state-local coordination needs to improve, and it is not even entirely clear which state agency would take the lead.