Orange County – Be Prepared for Hurricane Matthew

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 4, 2016) – Technology today can provide weeks of lead time before a hurricane hits, and that’s a good thing! Matthew is a solid category 4 hurricane in the Caribbean and headed our way.  While it is predicted to skirt the North Carolina coast as a category 2, a multitude of variables could shift the eye of the storm. 

Orange County Emergency Services and area public safety partners have been preparing for this storm and working through the pre-storm checklist.  Resources are on stand-by and channels of communication between agencies are open. 

Orange County residents are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of a disruption of services due to the storm. Also, during the storm, emergency response may be delayed due to downed trees, powerlines and flooded roads. Prepare prior to a weather crisis to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours at home or work. Learn more about preparedness and see a basic supply list (food, water, first-aid kit, etc.) at or Orange County Emergency Services at . Preparedness is 3 easy actions – a kit, a plan, and a way to stay informed!  

Don’t forget to plan and prepare for your 4-legged family members.  In case of a power outage, have a manual can opener. If you have to evacuate, have pet supplies ready for a quick exit.   

For the latest information stay tuned to local media, listen for updates from the National Weather Service and follow Orange County on social media.

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