ReadyVB: Emergency Notifications the City of Virginia Beach Offers Residents

Get the important updates you need during an emergency.
Storms Thingsto Know

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
Police/Fire/Rescue (EMERGENCIES ONLY)911
Police/Fire/Rescue (Non-life-threatening public safety services)(757) 385-5000
City Information (Non-emergency)(757) 385-3111
Mental Health/Substance Abuse Hotline(757) 385-0888
Emergency Management(757) 385-3111
Water and Sewer Service(757) 385-4631
Water and Sewer Service (Emergency/after-hours/weekends/holidays)(757) 385-3111
Waste and Debris Management(757) 385-4650
Non-City Services
American Red Cross(757) 446-7700
Cox Communications(757) 224-1111
Dominion Energy(888) 667-3000
FEMA(800) 621-3362
FEMA – TTY(800) 462-7585
National Poison Center(800) 222-1222
Verizon(800) 837-4966
Virginia Department of Emergency Management(804) 267-7600
Virginia Department of Transportation511 or (800) 367-7623
Virginia Natural Gas(877) 572-3342

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

September 6, 2023