Preparing For Hurricanes

The devastation wrought last year to the Gulf Coast by hurricanes Katrina and Rita has spurred a renewed focus on worst case scenarios for emergency managers up and down the North Carolina coast. In Onslow County, emergency management officials will stage an exercise starting Tuesday that has an imaginary Category Five
hurricane headed straight to the area. The officials will be asked
to decide whether to evacuate the county, that is also the home of
the massive Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune. But there's more to the exercise. After the hurricane passes, a Boy Scout troop will return home from a Jamboree in Alabama, infected with bird flu that's mutated for human-to-human transmission. Onslow County emergency management director Mark Goodman says something like Katrina focuses everybody.