Disaster Shelters

Planning before a disaster is essential to your safety and well being. A critical part of this planning is knowing how and where you will go if you need to evacuate your home. The best and most comfortable place to shelter is away from the impact area with family and friends.

Primary Emergency Disaster Shelters


The Primary Emergency Disaster Shelters are located at:
  • Kings Fork High School
    351 Kings Fork Road
    Suffolk, VA 23434
  • Lakeland High School
    214 Kenyon Road
    Suffolk, VA 23434
  • Nansemond River High School
    3301 Nansemond Parkway
    Suffolk, VA 23434
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ADA Compliant


These emergency shelters are ADA compliant.

Generator Power


Lakeland and Nansemond River High Schools have generator power for emergency lighting and to support the kitchens. Kings Fork High School is fully generator powered. Citizens who are medically dependent on electricity should shelter at Kings Fork High School.

Pet Friendly Shelter


Nansemond River High School is the City's "pet friendly" shelter.

Capacity of Shelters


Capacity of these 3 shelters is 2,000 evacuees. There are 12 additional shelters can be opened as needed to house an additional 5,250 evacuees.