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Disaster can strike at any timeā€¦are you prepared? When a hurricane, tornado, nor'easter, flooding threatens the area, do you have a plan to protect your business? Don't let all of your hard work and dedication get washed away. Take a look a the resources below to see how you can develop a plan for you, your employees, and ensure your business is ready for what nature brings.


Helpful Links and Downloads

Sign up for Norfolk Alerts The Norfolk Alert Center allows you to view all alerts and emergencies in the city. To be instantly notified of alerts and emergencies you can subscribe to a notification system.

Know Your Zone New zones created by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management allow emergency managers to communicate with citizens who are most at risk as a storm approaches.

City of Norfolk Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response The city's Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response is responsible for all disaster preparedness program areas within the City of Norfolk. Their website provides resources for emergency planning.

Ready Hampton Roads This website, provided by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, provides local twitter alerts in the event of a storm or natural disaster.

Ready.gov Developed by FEMA, this site provides detailed infomation about disaster planning for businesses.  It outlines five steps that businesses should take to develop disaster preparedness programs. 

Ready Virginia This site, provided by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, provides resources for Virginia businesses, including a guide to preparing for hurricaneevacuation-400pxws and a free Ready Virginia mobile app.

Hurricane Disaster Guide Downloadable Virginia Hurricane Disaster Guide, provided by VDOT.

Small Business  Disaster Planning This website, provided by the Small Business Association, provides information about how plan for disasters in advance.  Resources include a small business disaster preparedness guide, and tips from the IRS on protecting your tax and financial records.

Preparemybusiness.org This site is provided by the Small Business Association, and provides planning information, a schedule of monthly free, educational webinars and other viable tools that your organization can greatly benefit from in the short and long term future.

Norfolk Department of Economic Development Mission

Generate wealth for the City of Norfolk through business expansion, enhancement, and new business development complementary to our neighborhoods.

Contact Info

(757) 664-4338
999 Waterside Drive
Suite 2430
Norfolk, VA 23510

Staff Details

Jared Chalk
Interim Economic Development Director 

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