Kinston Preparing For Irene

Like many agencies across the east, the Kinston Department of Public Safety is getting ready for Hurricane Irene.

Director Bill Johnson says the Kinston Department of Public Safety will be the lead agency if a rescue effort is launched in the city.

Johnson says so far, department heads have had two meetings to discuss emergency plans. He says in the event of a major hurricane, an emergency operation center will open on the first floor of the public safety building, where department heads will gather and direct the flow of resources during the storm. He says the city has been divided into three quadrants, which will help with resources during an emergency.

Johnson says the department also plans to keep people up-to-date with the latest emergency information using social media.

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