Navy issues evacuation order for personnel in Zone A


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Navy on Tuesday issued an emergency evacuation order for personnel who live in Virginia’s Zone A.

Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday announced a mandatory evacuation for that zone — which includes numerous flood-prone areas of the Tidewater region.

Related: Navy orders ships out of Hampton Roads ahead of Hurricane Florence

“The safety of our personnel and their families is my top priority right now,” said the commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Rear Adm. Charles Rock. “Our mission is to support the Fleet, Fighter and Family and the team at Navy Region Mid-Atlantic has been working around the clock to provide support and information during this very stressful time.”

Officials said personnel evacuating from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic are authorized to go with 500 miles of Asheville, North Carolina — which is the designated remote safe haven. All others should go to a safe haven designated by their chain of command.

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society will remain open in Hampton Roads as long as possible to help personnel and families with evacuation.

Visit to determine if they are located in Virginia Zone A.

The Navy is asking all personnel and their families to update their Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) account at, and to review hurricane checklists. 

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