Many emergency management officials in Eastern Carolina have been on conference calls with state and local officials to discuss Hanna’s path and possible impact on Eastern Carolina.
Below is a county-by-county look at how else they are preparing. We’ll continue to add more information as we get it. Emergency officials can send their updates for this list to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Beaufort County, a generator has been ordered for Southside High School, one of the facilities used as a shelter should a hurricane come our way. Additional meetings are on tap to discuss possible action.
Officials in Bertie County are checking to make sure communications are ready. They are waiting until Wednesday and Thursday to determine if more resources are needed. Bertie County emergency leaders are checking phone lines and computer systems. Like many other counties, Bertie County is checking its text messaging to the state, which is a line of communication to call for help. Bertie County has three schools designated as shelters if a hurricane roars ashore in the East.
Carteret County emergency management officials are closely monitoring Hanna. They are getting disaster teams ready, such as the Red Cross. Carteret County has a Code Red emergency call system which can reach up to 60,000 people with one phone message. Newport Middle School is a facility that would be used as a shelter should Hanna churn this way. Capacity is about 200 people. A shelter for people with special needs would be opened at Leon Mann Enrichment Center on Galantis Street in Morehead City. The evacuation routes out of Carteret County are Highway 70, Highway 101 and Highway 58.
Stores in Craven County are stocking up on generators, gas cans and bottled water, as well as hurricane preparedness kits with flashlights and batteries. Emergency services officials are urging residents to prepare now, before Hanna or another powerful storm is ready to hit. Officials will pay close attention to low-lying areas that are prone to flooding.
Emergency officials in Dare County are keeping close watch on Hanna. Conference calls are being held with state officials. It takes a very powerful hurricane to prompt evacuations on the Outer Banks. If such a storm should roar ashore, evacuations are done on Highway 12 to Highway 64 West and Highway 158 North. It takes approximately 18 hours to evacuate the Outer Banks.
In Duplin County, emergency officials are monitoring all appropriate agencies of the threat. They are coordinating with power companies, schools and EMS in order to be prepared. They are preparing the emergency operations center in case they need to open it.
Emergency management officials are updating county officials, as well as emergency staff. They are continually checking with the weather service and are in touch with organizations like the Red Cross.
Greene County officials are watching the storm and holding meetings about potential responses depending on the Hanna’s track and intensity.
Jones County officials are notifying all appropriate agencies, checking reaction plans and keeping close watch on the storm.
Lenoir County emergency services officials and staff are holding meetings to assess the threat and to determine what plans need to be put into place.
Martin County emergency management officials are reviewing their plans, holding conference calls and touching bases with appropriate agencies, like the Red Cross.
In Nash County, officials tell us they are checking communications with the state, as well as checking generators and radios. They are getting the word out about the need to prepare to smaller towns. The staff is prepared to deal with Hanna should the storm come this way.
Onslow County emergency officials are making sure disaster teams are ready and working with stores to get hurricane necessities stocked, such as batteries, flashlights, water and generators.
Pamlico County officials say they are also monitoring the storm closely, as well as surrounding counties and reaction plans. All appropriate agencies have been notified about the possibility of an impact from Hanna. Pamlico Community College on Highway 306 in Grantsboro is used as an evacuation shelter should one be needed.
Pasquotank County emergency management officials are following their hurricane check list. Tow trucks are being fueled, chain saws and generators are being checked, and local leaders are monitoring the storm with state officials.
Pitt County officials are bracing for Hanna’s potential threat. They are preparing for the worst, just in case. The emergency management director has contacted the Red Cross, schools, the hospital, the fire department, ECU and other agencies to make sure people are aware and prepared.
In Washington County, officials are monitoring the storm and working to get the word out to residents: Have a disaster plan. A briefing is set for Wednesday.
Wilson County personnel have been put on alert. Emergency officials say they are reaching out to smaller towns to make sure these communities are prepared.