Hurricane Preparedness

ready-virginiaHurricane Matthew has a potential for life-threatening rain, wind and storm surge. Those in potentially affected areas should be familiar with evacuation routes, have a communications plan, and prepare resources necessary to weather the storm.

Virginia REALTORS® are encouraging everyone in the potential path to be prepared. Learn more about resources from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to prepare for tropical storms or hurricanes:


Discussion with the Chiefs of Police in Hampton and Newport News

Date: Tuesday, January 13th

Time: 8:30 a.m. breakfast – program starts at 9:00 a.m.

Registration Info: register online at or call 757-599-5222
Fee: $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door







Location: VPAR, 1001 North Campus Parkway, Hampton


GASTON, SUSAN COLOR 2255 (2)Moderator: Susan Gaston




SultHampton Chief Terry Sult






MyerNewport News Chief Richard Myer





Meet the new Chiefs of Police in both the City of Hampton and the City of Newport News. Chief Terry Sult and Chief Richard Myer will be the headliners for the January 13th General Membership Breakfast to discuss ongoing efforts in their cities to fight crime and grime, to enhance police engagement within our communities and to discuss the importance of public safety to safe neighborhoods and a high quality of life. Join us for what is sure to be a high energy fact-filled morning that will help you link public safety to improved housing opportunities.


Telly WhitfieldMr. Telly Whitfield

Newport News Assistant City Manager 

Join other VPAR members in support of the First Annual One City Marathon in Newport News on March 15, 2015. Telly will give us an overview of the Marathon which will begin in the stunning setting of Newport News Park where they will enjoy the allure of spring in a landscape as historical as it is beautiful. From there the next 26.2 miles will include the very best Newport News has to offer, finishing, and fittingly so, at the Newport News Victory Arch. The race will be followed by the One City, One Celebration in Victory Landing Park.  Learn more about the weekend festivities and events and how you and your firms can participate.



REALTOR® Self Defense and Personal Safety Training with Julie Greene

Thursday, November 13th
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Cost: $15 per person
Where: VPAR, 1001 North Campus Parkway, Hampton, VA 23666

Instructor: Julie GreeneJulie GreeneAuthor of DEFY the Bad Guy Powerful, Practical Self-Defense Strategies for Every Woman

Defy The Bad Guy


Learn and Practice Effective Techniques for :
• Avoiding an attack in an empty house
• Using your cell phone to get help faster
• Breathing to achieve calm
• Developing Intuition
• De-Escalation Techniques
• Body language and tone that says “hard” target
• Killer Kicks
• Strong Strikes
• Escaping from Grabs
• Using improvised weapons

The spotlight is on personal safety and self-defense in the wake of the assault, kidnapping, and murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter. Google “realtor assault” to find more instances of violence against realtors showing homes or hosting open houses. This class will offer tips on how to safely prepare for your home showing and to recognize when things aren’t quite right. You will also learn strategies that will help you escape by disabling someone who is trying to hurt you.


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REALTOR SAFETY: Statement From NAR 2014 President Elect Chris Polychron on Beverly Carter Tragedy

“As both a REALTOR® and an Arkansan, I am saddened by this morning’s news of Beverly Carter’s untimely death. My heart goes out to her family, her friends, her co-workers, and everyone whose life Beverly touched in her 49 years with us.

Working in real estate involves risk and, unfortunately, that risk takes many forms. As an industry, we collectively work very hard to promote safety awareness among our members. We are fully committed to educating REALTORS® about potential threats and providing them with resources to protect themselves.

I urge all REALTORS® to honor Beverly Carter by keeping safe and looking out for each other.”


The Arkansas REALTORS® Association is collecting donations in Beverly Carter’s name through their Hearts & Homes program. For more information, visit

NAR’s REALTOR® Safety resources include articles and blog posts, presentations and videos, webinars and training courses, and tools at

September Is REALTOR® Safety Month

As part of NAR’s ongoing efforts to keep its members safe, the Association dedicates September as REALTOR® Safety Month.

Realtor Safety

The REALTOR® Safety Webinar: Safety Tips to Share With Sellers, will take place on Sept. 9 at 1:00 p.m. CST. This free webinar is presented by Sergeant Preston Taylor and will discuss valuable advice and steps to share with your clients to help protect them against crime including:

  • items that should be put away
  • how thieves access personal info
  • what thieves target at open houses and how to be prepared
  • safety tips to remember before showing a property

REALTOR® Safety Site

NAR’s dedicated Safety pages offer a number of great resources to help members operate their businesses safely including:

  • regularly occurring safety webinars
  • safety-related articles in NAR’s publications, on its websites, and elsewhere
  • presentations for managers available through
  • banners and widgets to display on websites
  • other checklists and handouts for agents to share with clients and colleagues