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Important Information as Our Community Prepares for Hurricane Florence to Hit North Carolina

September 13, 2018
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North Carolina native, Brock Long, the Administrator of FEMA expressed in our call today, “Emergency management is a team sport, from the individual all the way to the federal government.”  The National Guard is being activated and more than 200 rescue team personnel have arrived at Fort Bragg. President Trump approved the emergency declaration requested by our North Carolina delegation and the Governor.

North Carolina is known for its incredible emergency preparation and management. According to Administrator Long, these seven lifelines will be prioritized as our focus:

1. Safety

2. Food, water and shelter

3. Health and medical aid

4. Power and fuel

5. Communication

6. Transportation

7. Hazardous waste

If predictions are accurate, our state has not been hit with this level of storm in years and we are expecting large scale damage to crops and infrastructure. As we continue to plan, prepare and execute, please join me in prayer for our farmers, families, friends and first responders – as well as for the safety and comfort of every North Carolinian who will face this storm.

We will constantly be in contact with local leaders, state officials, FEMA and the White House, providing updates on Facebook and Twitter. Below are resources you should look over in planning for the storm – timelines, contact information, school closings, what to do, and more.

Please reach out to our office if we can assist you in any manner.

Sincerely,

Mark Walker

 

Update on Hurricane Florence Timeline and Path

Florence is a Category 3 hurricane, sustaining wind speeds greater than 120 miles per hour. The center of the storm is currently projected to hit the southern North Carolina coast, moving west along the border of North Carolina and South Carolina. If it remains a Category 4, it would be the largest storm to hit our state in decades. While our area may face tropical storm force winds, the most dangerous aspect will be the expected 3-8 inches of rainfall, causing flooding and potentially power outages.

As far as timing, expected landfall will happen on the North Carolina coast early Saturday morning. The storm is expected to slow and stall once it makes landfall, causing rains to start Thursday and potentially continue through Monday. Thursday will likely be the last full day to prepare for the storm. Winds from 40-60mph are expected to begin on Thursday.

 

Congressional and Federal Preparation and Action

We have been in touch with local leaders, state officials, FEMA and the White House. We have also been on the phone with the Governor and his office. Together, the entire NC congressional delegation sent a letter to FEMA  requesting the approval of the Governor's ask for an emergency declaration for our state. Soon after, President Trump approved the emergency declaration, allowing FEMA and the federal government to be fully proactive in our response efforts.

Precautionary measures began before Labor Day, and they continue as these storms develop, including the placement of supplies and response teams. This includes working with public and private partners on positioning supplies like food and water, placing federal emergency responders on alert, coordinating with industry and business, and positioning key personnel. As of the most recent update, 12 federal agencies and over 3,000 federal employees are working to provide critical support to people impacted by these storms.

 

School Closing Updates

Colleges and Universities

UNC-Greensboro – Classes have been suspended beginning at 12:00pm Wednesday through Friday evening.

North Carolina A&T State University – Classes have been suspended beginning at 12:00pm Wednesday through Friday evening.

Bennett College – Classes have been suspended beginning at 5:00pm Wednesday through Friday evening.

Elon University – Classes have been suspended beginning at 8:00am Thursday through Friday evening.

Elon Law School –  Classes have been suspended beginning at 8:00am Thursday through Friday evening.

Greensboro College – Classes have been suspended beginning at 12:00pm Wednesday through Friday evening.

 

Local School Systems:

Rockingham County Schools – Schools will close 2 hours early on Thursday and be closed on Friday.

Lee County Schools – Schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

Alamance County Schools – Schools will be closed on Friday.

Caswell County Schools – No update at this time.

Chatham County Schools – Schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

Guilford County Schools – Schools will close 2 hours early on Thursday and be closed on Friday.

Person County Schools – No update at this time.

Randolph County Schools – Schools will close 2 hours early on Thursday and be closed on Friday.

 

Emergency Resources By County

Our Office Contact

Greensboro: (336) 333-5005

Graham: (336) 229-0159

Asheboro: (336) 626-3060

Washington: (202) 225-3065

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RepMarkWalker/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/RepMarkWalker/  

 

Federal Emergency Contact

FEMA by Phone: (800) 621-3362

 

FEMA Social Media Channels:

@FEMA

@FEMA_Brock

@FEMASpox

@ReadyGov

@NWSNHC

FEMA's Facebook

FEMA Instagram

 

FEMA Websites:

FEMA.gov

Ready.gov/hurricanes

National Hurricane Center’s Florence Page

 

FEMA App (Highly Recommended)

FEMA App for Apple and Android

 

FEMA Spanish Language Resources

FEMA's Spanish Language Website

Listo.gov

 

Duke Energy Contact

Power Line Hazard Reporting: (800) 769-3766

Power Outage Reporting: | Texting OUT to 57801 | (800) 769-3766

 

United Way Contact

United Way’s 2-1-1 is a free hotline that provides information to individuals seeking community resources like shelter, food and water, recovery support, and other basic needs, before, during and after disasters.  The service is available in 180 languages 24/7 by simply dialing 2-1-1 or visiting 211.org.

 

American Red Cross Contact

Website: redcross.org/hurricane

App: Text 'GETEMERGENCY' to 90999

 

Alamance County Emergency Contact

Emergency Management: (336) 227-1365

Sheriff’s Office: (336) 570-6300

 

Caswell County Emergency Contact

Sheriff’s Office: (336) 694-9311

 

Chatham County Emergency Contact  

Emergency Management: 919-545-8191

Sheriff’s Office: (919) 542-2811

 

Guilford County Emergency Contact  

Emergency Management: (336) 373-2278

Sheriff’s Office: (336) 641-3694

 

Lee County Emergency Contact

Emergency Management: (919) 718-4670

Sheriff’s Office: (919) 775-5531

 

Person County Emergency Contact

Emergency Management: (336) 597-4262

Sheriff’s Office: (336) 597-0500

 

Randolph County Emergency Contact

Emergency Management: (336) 318-6911

Sheriff’s Office: (336) 318-6699

 

Rockingham County Emergency Contact

Emergency Management: (336) 634-3017

Sheriff’s Office: (336) 634-3232

 

What to Do and How to Prepare

  • Determine the flood risk at your home: www.ncfloodmaps.com
  • Prepare for long-lasting power outages by ensuring you have access to non-perishable food, water, medications and gas.
  • Keep your mobile phones charged.
  • Refill your gas tank and stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • Remove items from your yard that could becom hazardous during high winds.
  • Download the FEMA App to your phone.
  • Heed all evacuation notices from state and local officials.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts so you have the most up-to-date information about the storm.
  • Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging. Consider all lines energized as well as trees, limbs or anything in contact with lines.
  • Review and collect your insurance materials.
  • Stay atuned to local news and alerts for updates.

 

Emergency Shelters in Our District

Alamance County

The Lamb's Chapel
415 Roxboro Rd.
Haw River, NC 27258

Fairfield Community Center
829 Graham Hopedale Road
Burlington, NC

Chatham County

Chatham Middle School (pet-friendly); Opens Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
2025 S 2nd Avenue Ext.
Siler City, NC 27344

Northwood High School (pet-friendly); Opens Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
310 Northwood High School Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Guilford County

Glenwood Center
2010 Coliseum Boulevard
Greensboro, NC

Lee County

National Guard Armory
2214 Nash St.
Sanford, NC 27331
(Designated for coastal evacuees)

SanLee Middle School (pet-friendly)
2309 Tramway Road
Sanford, NC

Person County

Clement Baptist Church (pet-friendly)
8480 Burlington Road
Hurdle Mills, NC 27541

Randolph County

First Baptist Church
133 North Church Street
Asheboro, NC 27203

Rockingham County

Rockingham Middle School
182 High School Road
Reidsville, NC 27320

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