All Hands on Deck as Hurricane Florence Nears Cary
- The Town of Cary activated its Emergency Operations Center at midnight, with staffing plans in place for around-the-clock response.
- Vehicles, generators, chainsaws, boats and other equipment are fueled, inspected and tested.
- Only call 911 with immediate threats to life, health, or property; the Town’s non-emergency number is (919) 469-4090.
Cary, NC – With the activation of the Town of Cary’s Emergency Operations Center, more than 500 public works, utilities, fire, police and other staff are in place for an around-the-clock response to Hurricane Florence. Vehicles, generators, chainsaws, boats and other equipment are fueled, inspected and tested. As the storm nears Cary’s doorstep, citizens should expect heavy rain, wind and the potential for flooding and power outages. The storm is expected to make landfall near Wilmington around 8 a.m. with effects lasting throughout the weekend.
“I'm incredibly proud of the preparation Cary staff has put in place to respond to this immense storm, and I am confident that we are ready for whatever effects Florence decides to bring to Cary," said Cary Town Manager Sean Stegall. "We are communicating regularly with other local and state emergency management officials to ensure our response is timely and well-coordinated."
Citizens are reminded to only call 911 with immediate threats to life, health, or property. The Town’s non-emergency number is (919) 469-4090 and should be used to report issues such as downed trees, flooding and water/sewer utility concerns. Crews will begin fighting the storm by cutting and pushing downed trees to the side of streets to ensure a passable road network. Remember trees may be tangled in live power lines, so do not attempt to move them on your own.
OPENINGS AND CLOSINGS
Cary Town Hall is closed Friday and all non-emergency and non-essential Town of Cary activities, including camps, programs and events at Town facilities, are canceled through Sunday. No matches will be played in the Atlantic Tire Championships on Friday; staff is continuing to monitor the weather ahead of the weekend matches of both the Atlantic Tire Championships and the NC Courage match on Sunday. Visit Weather Delays/Cancellations and the Calendar at www.townofcary.org for updates. The Citizen's Convenience Center at 313 N. Dixon Ave. will be closed Friday and Saturday.
GoCary service is suspended on Friday. For the safety of passengers and staff, bus service is discontinued once the area experiences 39 mph sustained winds. Service will resume as soon as conditions are determined to be safe. Updates will be published on www.GoCary.org.
Report power outages to Duke Energy Progress anytime at 1-800-419-6356, or Apex Electric 919-372-7475 after hours. Please do not call 911 unless you are experiencing an immediate threat to life or property.
If you have lost power and plan to use a generator, DO NOT use it indoors. That includes the garage, carport, basement, crawlspace, or other partially-enclosed area, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide in the home, which can’t be seen or smelled and can be deadly.
SHELTERS AND EVACUATION
Wake County Emergency Management, in cooperation with Wake County Human Services and the American Red Cross, opens emergency shelters and reception centers when disasters force citizens to evacuate. Citizens are encouraged to sign-up for ReadyWake! ReadyWake! to stay informed of the latest evacuation and shelter information.
Citizens are urged to keep up with alerts from the Town on social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Be sure you are signed-up for email alerts at www.townofcary.org/email. For more preparedness tips, search “Ready Cary” at www.townofcary.org. To be notified by phone of non-weather-related imminent threats to life, health or property in Cary, register at www.readywake.com.
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240
Hurricane Florence Service Updates
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Wake County’s State of Emergency Proclamation
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