Tropical Storm Isaias passed through the southeastern Virginia area earlier this morning. The Barry Robinson Center (BRC) campus weathered the storm well, with minimal impact.
Rain and wind have subsided, although a tropical storm warning remains in effect for coastal Virginia, including Norfolk where BRC is located, until 1:30 p.m. ET today.
Here are our General Protocols for Natural Disasters:
- We want to share our plans for storm preparation, as the safety of your child is our top priority.
- We are receiving regular weather forecast updates and meeting daily to review preparation plans.
- We have a backup generator in case we lose power. When power goes out, hospitals receive priority for restoration. We share the electric grid with Sentara Leigh Hospital across the street, so our power is usually brought back up quickly.
- We are having drills to prepare the children should we have to move them to higher ground.
- If water levels rise, we have plans to evacuate to the second level of the education and clinical buildings.
- Plans include having activities and entertainment available for the children.
- In the highly unlikely event that we need to evacuate the campus, we will follow the Norfolk Emergency Management Plan instructions about where to re-locate. We have enough vehicles for transportation.
- We have staff standing by prepared to come in. We have reserved hotel rooms close by for staff in case roads are closed.
- The storm may knock out our phones, or our phones may be extremely busy with parents calling in.
- Know that your children will be protected and cared for as if they were our own, and we will update you via our website.
Contact information below. Refer to your dorm contact list to reach children and direct care staff.
Rob McCartney, Chief Executive Officer
Charlene Hoobler, Chief Operations Officer
Justin Hoover, Vice President of Administrative Services