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Irene Update 15: North Carolina - Responding to and Preparing for Irene


Editor’s note: We continue to work closely with several of our state, local and tribal partners as they respond to and prepare for Hurricane Irene. Here’s a guest blog from Doug Hoell, Director of North Carolina Emergency Management, on the work being done in North Carolina.

As Hurricane Irene approaches our state, the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management has been working to prepare for and respond to this event, getting people and supplies where they need to be to create the best chance for a successful response.

FEMA Logistics Specialist Demetrice Robinson labels and numbers each emergency supply truck entering the Incident Support Base at Ft. Bragg.
Fayetteville, NC, August 26, 2011 -- FEMA Logistics Specialist Demetrice Robinson labels and numbers each emergency supply truck entering the Incident Support Base at Ft. Bragg. FEMA is staging equipment and emergency supplies in North Carolina, should they be needed to supplement the state's response and recovery efforts.

On Wednesday, Governor Perdue declared a State of Emergency, clearing the way for the National Guard to assist in the state’s response to Hurricane Irene. On Thursday, the governor requested and received an emergency declaration from FEMA, which allows for federal assistance to the state and local governments that are affected by the storm.

We have taken steps to protect the lives and well being of our state’s visitors and residents. To help the evacuation process go smoothly, the State Highway Patrol has been directed to assist with evacuations ordered by local governments. They will be aided by members of the Civil Air Patrol, who will help monitor coastal evacuations to provide quick response as needed. In addition, troops from the NC National Guard are helping and swift water rescue teams are on standby and available to assist if needed.

We’ve also worked closely with our federal partners. At our request, FEMA has prepositioned food and water in the state, helping to cut down the time between the landfall and our response.

All of these steps are important, but none of these can replace the need for our citizens to be ready. To all North Carolinians, we ask that you get prepared and stay informed. Listen to your local officials. If they say to evacuate, then go. For anyone not in an evacuation zone but still in Irene’s path, make sure you have enough food, water and medication. Hurricanes can knock out power and shut down roads, so be sure that all of the supplies that you need are on hand.

For any questions on updated weather information, highway closings, shelter information and feeding sites, the state has set up a toll-free, bilingual hotline. English and Spanish speaking people should call 1-888-835-9966. Deaf and hard of hearing people may call 1-877-877-1765 (TTY) or 711 (Relay N.C.) The hotline will also serve as a referral line for people in need of help following the event.

For updates on storm preparation and response from NC Emergency Management, follow them on Facebook and Twitter @NCEmergency.

Last Updated: 
06/19/2012 - 10:10


GoodGood Job... :-!

GoodGood Job... :-!

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