Orange County Prepares for Hurricane Hermine and You Should Too!

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (September 1, 2016) – Today marks the start of National Preparedness Month. Hermine was just upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane and serves as yet another reminder of why preparedness is so vital!

What about Hurricane Hermine (her-MEEN)?  Central North Carolina could receive some serious rainfall. The most intense period will be Friday evening during the drive home from work through early Saturday morning. All in all, we could receive between 1”-4” of rain, some heavier amounts possible as you move south and east of Hillsborough. More info on Hermine can be found http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

What about flooding?  Flooding is our primary concern, especially flash flooding during Friday night. Pay particular attention to any watches or warnings. Always remember, NEVER EVER drive through flooded roadways, Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

What is Orange County Emergency Services doing to prepare for Hermine?  Emergency Services and area public safety partners have been monitoring, communicating, and preparing all week. We have placed resources on stand-by, like swift water rescue teams and ensured our channels of communication are open. We have verified emergency plans for evacuation, rescue, and sheltering (mass care) if needed. Lastly, we are implementing our pre-storm checklist (securing things that could be blown away, making contact with critical vendors, and assessing status of critical items).

What should I do to prepare? In short preparedness is 3 easy actions – a kit, a plan, and a way to stay informed! We recommend being prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours at home or work prior to any potential emergency. You can learn more about preparedness at www.ready.gov or feel free to contact Orange County Emergency Services. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make an Emergency Plan Today”!

For the latest information, stay tuned to local media and listen for updates from the National Weather Service. Citizens are also encouraged to follow on social media using #HermineNC. Information is also available at www.ReadyNC.org and at the ReadyNC mobile app which can be downloaded for free.

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Twitter - https://twitter.com/ocncemergency

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