Governor Perdue: Prepare For The Worst

Governor Bev Perdue (D-North Carolina) is urging everyone in the state to prepare for the worst as Hurricane Irene approaches.

In her first official briefing on the hurricane she says we're all hoping for the best but need to be ready, especially here in the east where she encourages all of us to take this storm seriously.

She says residents need to get a plan together Wednesday to care for our elderly family members, young children, and pets. Because the brunt of the storm will likely hit on the weekend when many banks are closed, we should have cash on hand. The governor encourages car owners to have their vehicles full of fuel. As a rule of thumb, Perdue says food and water supplies should be enough to last at least three days.

Perdue says FEMA arrives in the state Wednesday. Evacuations are already underway on Ocracoke Island, for visitors Wednesday and residents Thursday. Currituck and Dare Counties will begin discussing evacuations Wednesday and will likely have a final decision made Thursday.

On Tuesday, Perdue briefed the state following a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia, felt here in North Carolina. She says the state will inspect all state buildings Wednesday for potential quake damage, in preparation for Hurricane Irene.

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  • by mr bo Location: dc on Aug 29, 2011 at 04:45 AM
    The real jokers in all this are the jokers who voted for this joker.
  • by batman on Aug 25, 2011 at 03:56 AM
    anyone notice how much she looked like the joker yesterday? her lips were red and had the updrawn corners,and saying silly things scary!
  • by Crockett Location: Chocowinity on Aug 25, 2011 at 03:20 AM
    Can't fault BEV for being successful, stay on top of it BEV, compared to the other 49 Govenors you make the job loo "Too Easy" WOOOOOO
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      by batman on Aug 25, 2011 at 03:56 AM in reply to Crockett
      lavon, you hsve a new name?
  • by clint on Aug 24, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    Thanks Bev! We know we have a bit over a year left of you and the wearer of the coattails you rode in on. "One and Done" Both of you! Count on it!!!
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Aug 24, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    The worst has already happened, you were elected.
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      by dave on Aug 24, 2011 at 03:17 PM in reply to The Original ENC
      yea lets get the ole boys from the bush adm to come and manage the hurricane. hell of a job you doing brownie the head of fema while we are drowning in flood waters
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        by Truth on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:56 PM in reply to dave
        You can thank the democratic governer of Louisiana for the mess after Katrina, she is the one that wouldn't accept federal help. Research it before you post next time.
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          by dave on Aug 25, 2011 at 02:20 PM in reply to Truth
          dont have to research it i know bush told the head of fema he was doing a hell of a job.
  • by Sunshine Location: eastern NC on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    Does Bev think that tourists are expendable? Evacuate Ocracoke and tell the tourists to come on down the water is fine. Sounds like a Jaws movie
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    she can appoint, Jim Black comissioner of resoures, john edwards, human relations feedback, mike easly travel expert for evacuation, franc ballance salary adminstrator for hurricanes and herself as education director to retrain everyone after the storm.
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      by Chuck on Aug 24, 2011 at 05:17 PM in reply to
      Yes I Suggest putting John Edwards in As Head Of the NC Treasury..Like putting a fox in the chicken yard.
  • by no name Location: Onslow County on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    In preparing for the worst are you preparing to close your state office that are near the coast????
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    I have been prepared for the worst since you were sworn in but it has not helped one bit
  • by joe Location: here on Aug 24, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    You people insulting Bev on an article about the HURRICANE are pathetic. Save your political comments for political articles. At least then you look LESS like lemming idiots.
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      by Lee Lee on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:40 PM in reply to joe
      She is a lemming idiot. Told everyone yesterday to visit the beach and mandatory evac was underway...That isnt politics.
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        by Chuck on Aug 24, 2011 at 05:37 PM in reply to Lee Lee
        Idiot is right.Just do the exact opposite that she suggested & You will be ok. "By The Way-Stay off of the Broken Down Bonner Bridge". This storm might be the final blow to that sucker.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 03:59 PM in reply to joe
      joe must be a close relative of hers
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        by Josephus Jr on Aug 24, 2011 at 05:38 PM in reply to
        Might Be Her first Cousin?
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      by Chuck on Aug 24, 2011 at 05:19 PM in reply to joe
      You Must have voted for her.If You you are the idiot not us.
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