Important Information as Our Community Prepares for Hurricane Florence to Hit North Carolina
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:
2. Food, water and shelter
3. Health and medical aid
4. Power and fuel
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.
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
Federal Emergency Contact
FEMA by Phone: (800) 621-3362
FEMA Social Media Channels:
FEMA App (Highly Recommended)
FEMA Spanish Language Resources
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
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
The Lamb's Chapel
415 Roxboro Rd.
Haw River, NC 27258
Fairfield Community Center
829 Graham Hopedale Road
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
2010 Coliseum Boulevard
National Guard Armory
2214 Nash St.
Sanford, NC 27331
(Designated for coastal evacuees)
SanLee Middle School (pet-friendly)
2309 Tramway Road
Clement Baptist Church (pet-friendly)
8480 Burlington Road
Hurdle Mills, NC 27541
First Baptist Church
133 North Church Street
Asheboro, NC 27203
Rockingham Middle School
182 High School Road
Reidsville, NC 27320