October 5, 2016
As Hurricane Matthew approaches the East Coast, The Port of Virginia Team, is committed to keeping you – our valued customers – informed. The safety of our colleagues, facilities and your cargo are our top priority.
Hurricanes are extremely difficult to predict in terms of exact storm track and associated impacts. There is always a high degree of variability and that is certainly the case with Hurricane Matthew. We are closely monitoring Matthew via forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Virginia.

Our Operations, Maintenance and IT Teams are employing proven strategies for hurricane preparation on our terminals, including:
• Grounding empty containers
• Securing and sand-bagging warehouse doors
• Securing and fueling generators
• Checking UPS systems and backups to insure data integrity

If Hurricane Matthew’s weather system will impact our port, our partners at the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Hampton Roads will take immediate steps to protect maritime assets. The embedded document (below) – “Maritime Severe Weather Contingency Plan” – will help you understand possible actions taken, and conditions declared, by the Coast Guard.

2015 Port of HR Maritime Severe Weather Contingency Plan
As for conditions and operating status at our terminals, please bookmark the following page on our website – Port of Virginia Operations Alerts. Contact our Customer Service Team here and by phone at 757-440-7160.
We will also update our Twitter and Facebook feeds with pertinent information – Port of Virginia Twitter and Port of Virginia Facebook.

For Virginia state-wide information, consider bookmarking the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and for highway/road info – http://www.511virginia.org/

With safety as our top priority, we value our role as stewards of your cargo. We commit to keeping you informed as this weather system progresses. Updates will be posted for the duration of the event.

SOURCE: VIRGINIA PORT AUTHORITY

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