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ReadyVB: Emergency Notifications the City of Virginia Beach Offers Residents
During the Atlantic hurricane season, severe weather or another form of public safety emergency, it’s critical for residents to receive accurate information from the City and Emergency Management officials.
There are a variety of ways the City will share that information to the public. Here are a few:
Residents can sign up for VBAlert, the City's emergency alert and warning system. Messages are automatically sent to landline telephones in affected areas of the city. For mobile-only users to receive public safety messages by text or email, you must register as a new user online or text “VBAlert” to 67283. An alert might include things like severe weather watches and warnings, evacuation announcements, rabid animal alerts, boil water advisories or major traffic disruptions.
Emergency notifications and information is posted on the City’s social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and Instagram. Be sure to give @CityofVaBeach a follow. The City’s website, VirginiaBeach.gov, is another excellent place to find emergency preparedness information and alerts.
TV & Radio
TV and radio are other platforms that the city will use to share information and emergency notifications.
VBTV Cable Channels—Cox Channel 46, 47 and 48 and Verizon Channel 45, 46 and 47—provide emergency information including the City's operational status and facilities closure notices.
The City also sends updates to the news desks of the local public television stations.
NOAA Weather Radio provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information from your local National Weather Service office 24/7.
24/7 Emergency Contacts
Have the following phone numbers nearby for the next time you need help before, during or after an emergency.
Police/Fire/Rescue (EMERGENCIES ONLY)
Police/Fire/Rescue (Non-life-threatening public safety services)
City Information (Non-emergency)
Mental Health/Substance Abuse Hotline
Water and Sewer Service
Water and Sewer Service (Emergency/after-hours/weekends/holidays)
Waste and Debris Management
American Red Cross
FEMA – TTY
National Poison Center
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Virginia Department of Transportation
Virginia Natural Gas
The City of Virginia Beach Emergency Management team promotes a comprehensive emergency management program to mitigate Virginia Beach's impacts from man-made, natural or technological disasters. Learn more at VirginiaBeach.gov/ReadyVB.
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