Weather Policies & Updates

Updated May 19, 2016 at 12:00 noon: The World Arts Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016 at City Center is postponed due to the forecast of heavy rain on Saturday.  The rescheduled date will be announced.

If it is announced that City of Newport News offices and departments are closed, then all Parks and Recreation programs are canceled for that day


Parks:
Park visitors are asked to call 757-888-3333 for further details before visiting any of the open parks and call 757-926-1400 between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. for additional information.

Program Changes
The following are program specific policies for when Newport News Public Schools are closed or delayed yet city offices and departments are operating as normal:
  • Athletic Programs
    • The closing of Athletic Programs will be decided on a case by case basis. For cancellations call 757-591-4892.
  • Instructional Classes
    • During inclement weather, Instructional Programs will be closed if the City of Newport News is closed. If the City opens on a delay, classes and programs held before facilities open will be rescheduled. Classes and programs scheduled once facilities are open will run a scheduled.

      In the event Newport News Public Schools dismiss/close early, Instructional Programs classes will operate until facilities close. Classes and programs scheduled to run after facilities close will be rescheduled.

      During class sessions, participants may call the Instructional Programs notification service at 757-926-7277 or the main office at 757-926-1400 for program schedules and details.
  • Active Lifestyles Programs
    • All Active Lifestyles programs, classes and senior centers will be closed when City Offices are closed or delayed. In addition, the Active Lifestyles Program will be closed when Parks, Recreation & Tourism programs/facilities are closed. Please call 757-926-1400 or 757-926-1446 for program-specific closings and updates.
  • School Age Programs
    • When it is announced that City of Newport News City Offices are closed, Youth Programs will be closed as well.
    • If Newport News City Schools are closed and the City of Newport News Offices remain open, Youth Programs will operate 8:00 AM-5:30 PM at the Brittingham Midtown Community Center (or until city offices close). Each child should bring a lunch. The consolidation site location could be moved based on emergency shelter locations and space needed.
    • Please note that if there is a delay during the school year, Youth Programs operates on the same delay, i.e for a one hour delay, Youth Programs will open it's centers at 7:00 AM.
    • If schools close early, schools that have an afternoon program will open, however, you will have to pick up your child up before 5:30 p.m.
    • For more information or clarification of operations, please call the main office at 757-926-1400. For general announcements, call the administrative voice mail at 757-926-7282 or your center's voice mail. 
Disaster Preparedness Information for Your Pets
The Animal Services Division (ASD) is dedicated to educating the citizens of Newport News on how to protect their pets in the event of a disaster. Information and educational brochures are distributed during regular contacts with pet owners in the field, during special events, and through public services announcements. The ASD staff frequently meets with emergency planners, animal control agencies, animal shelters and national organizations to develop emergency plans.

Plan For Your Pets
To protect your family and pets from the effects of a disaster, you must have a plan. The best way to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, may result in them being injured, lost or worse.
  1. Plan Ahead to Take your Pets: Make arrangements with family or friends outside your immediate area to take in your pets. Have a list of pet-friendly hotels and boarding facilities along your evacuation route. A list of pet-friendly hotels can be found at PetsWelcome.com.
  2. Plan Ahead to Bring What You Need: Bring a leash or carrier, food and water for three days, and any necessary medications. Also bring your pet's photo and rabies vaccination certificate.
  3. Have a Backup Plan: Develop a buddy system with neighbors or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.
  4. Identify Your Pets: Make sure your pets are wearing up-to-date licenses and identification whether hurricane season or not. It's a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area. Microchipping is also recommended.