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Va. lacks shelters for Hampton Roads evacuation

Tuesday - 1/8/2013, 1:24pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. - A state study shows Virginia can't handle all the people who would seek public shelter during a mass evacuation from Hampton Roads.

The findings mirror those of an earlier study conducted by a consultant.

The Virginian-Pilot ( reports that the latest study was prepared for the Office of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.

According to the study, less than 20,000 people could be provided shelter if all the state managed shelters were activated, fully staffed and equipped. State officials have estimated that 50,000 of the 500,000 people expected to evacuate would seek public shelter.

The study also says there are shortfalls in policy, roles and responsibilities, plans and operational capabilities.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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