Norfolk’s Resilience Journey

The city of Norfolk released its Resilience Strategy on October 28, 2015. Explore the strategy here.

Norfolk’s Resilience Story

The city of Norfolk’s natural and man-made assets are remarkable: 144 miles of coastline; 125 active and engaged civic leagues; the world’s largest naval station; the most multi-modal city in Virginia; and on and on. And the city is full of incredible charm, like the cobble stone streets of the award-winning Freemason’s neighborhood. But, having been nearly destroyed during the American Revolution, burned down during the Civil War, and flooded repeatedly during the past century, Norfolk also knows a thing or two about resilience.

In this city anchored by the Navy, and taking a whole-community approach focused on hazard mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, Norfolk has learned to “live with the water” as a coastal city; however, rising sea levels and recurrent flooding remain a major threat. Two major concerns trump others: local transportation officials estimate thousands could be stranded if a major hurricane hits the region because the state’s evacuation plan is inadequate. And energy security and redundancy remain a challenge, as power outages present safety and health hazards.

Watch a recording of the city’s strategy release event here:

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Coastal / Tidal Flooding
  • Economic Inequality
  • Hurricane / Typhoon / Cyclone
  • Insecure Municipal Finances
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Investment
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion
  • Severe Storms
  • Shifting Macroeconomic Trends
  • Storm Surge
  • Structural Racism
  • Subsidence
  • Undiversified Economy
  • Unemployment

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Norfolk's CRO

Christine Morris is Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Norfolk. She began working for the City in March of 2013 as assistant to the City Manager. Prior to joining Team Norfolk, she served as Vice President of Initiatives for the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, which is the region’s premier provider of philanthropic services including community impact through grants and scholarships , regional leadership through its focus on community needs and initiatives and personal philanthropy. Ms. Morris also served as Vice President of Training and Technical Assistance for EDTEC, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in organizational and community development projects. Her projects included assisting boards in public housing developments organize and develop impactful programs. In all Ms. Morris has more than 25 years of experience helping nonprofits improve their management, board leadership, strategic planning and community relations.

She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Snapshot of Norfolk

  • 246,139

    POPULATION AS OF 2013

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  • Economic Inequality
  • Hurricane / Typhoon / Cyclone
  • Insecure Municipal Finances
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Investment
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion
  • Severe Storms
  • Shifting Macroeconomic Trends
  • Storm Surge
  • Structural Racism
  • Subsidence
  • Undiversified Economy
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