hurricane florence response 2018

VDEM Emergency Shelters


In anticipation of Hurricane Florence’s impact on the East Coast, SLS was activated by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to provide emergency shelter services for the state of Virginia and surrounding state evacuees.

Prior to the storms impact, SLS mobilized to three strategic locations in Virginia to facilitate emergency shelter housing for storm evacuees, including 2,064 beds at Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond, 1,461 beds at William & Mary in Williamsburg and 2,250 beds at Christopher Newport in Newport News.

Within 24 hours of activation, SLS worked with various state agencies and transformed the institutional facilities into emergency shelters, installing all beds and providing comprehensive dining services, as well as providing restroom and shower facilities, linens, personal amenities and toiletries. SLS provided sheltering services to evacuees, state personnel and National Guard troops until the hurricane was no longer deemed a threat.

Project Specs:

Location: Richmond, Williamsburg, and Newport News, Virginia

Client: State of Virginia

Type: State of Virginia

Units: 5,775 beds in three locations