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Thanksgiving Holiday: Most municipal offices will be closed Nov. 23-24. Yard waste will not be collected this week. Residential trash collection will not be affected. Chapel Hill Transit will not operate on Thursday and will operate on a Saturday schedule on Friday, Nov. 24. Chapel Hill Public Library will be closed. More Information

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Emergency Management Coordinators

Town of Chapel Hill
Barry McLamb
919-968-2705
bmclamb@townofchapelhill.org

Orange County
Kirby Saunders
919-245-6100 x 6135
ksaunders@orangecountync.gov

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Shelters

Orange County is responsible for establishing emergency shelters due to extreme weather and power outages. For more information, visit orangecountync.gov/departments/emergency_services/disaster_emergency_preparedness.

The Inter Faith Council is Chapel Hill’s community house and also provides shelter for those in need. For more information, visit ifcweb.org/services/community-house or ifcweb.org/services/homestart.


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What is a State of Emergency?

A state of emergency is a procedure that allows emergency processes and funding to be put in place to allow immediate response to emergency situations.
 
A state of emergency can be declared before or after an emergency takes place in an area. It can be declared at all levels of government (federal, state, and local).
 
North Carolina State Law , Chapter 166A, Article 1A, Part 4 empowers local governments to enact ordinances to declare states of emergency and restrict certain activities during the emergency in order to address public safety concerns arising due to the emergency.  The Town Code of Ordinances, Chapter 11, Article V, delegates authority to declare a state of emergency to the Mayor.
 
Often, a local governing body declares a state of emergency ahead of major events that can be anticipated (ex. winter weather and tropical storms) so the resources can be available as early as possible. Sometimes it is necessary to declare a state of emergency due to an unanticipated event such as a large fire, major water main break, or major accident. This declaration is the initial step in accessing state and federal support, should it become necessary.

Do you live in a floodplain?

If you live in a floodplain or an area that floods, purchase flood insurance! Homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. There is a 30-day waiting period from the time an insurance policy is purchased to when it actually goes into effect. Renters can purchase affordable flood insurance for personal contents only. For more information and cost, contact your insurance agent or go to floodsmart.gov.

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