September 6, 2023

ReadyVB: Emergency Notifications the City of Virginia Beach Offers Residents

Get the important updates you need during an emergency.
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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.

Social Media

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,, 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.​

City Services

Non-City Services

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

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