Preparedness for Florence

Post Date:09/08/2018 12:08 PM
Tropical Storm Florence forecast as of 11 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8 - Click to enlarge

The Town of Chapel Hill is keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Florence that is currently churning westward in the Atlantic Ocean. No major preparations are currently underway without certainty of when, where, or if the storm will make landfall.

Visit for the latest forecast.

“It’s never too early to begin preparations, and that’s what we’re asking of our community,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Vencelin Harris. “This storm has formed at the onset of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month. We’d like to take the opportunity to remind you of important steps you can take so you’re not caught off guard when disaster strikes.”

Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Friday asking "everyone to take this weekend to prepare for a natural disaster and create a plan for your family just in case." 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. For more information, visit

The Town will provide additional updates if the storm poses a threat to the community.

September is National Preparedness Month
A situation that can pose a threat to the safety of you and your family may not give you adequate time to prepare. Make your plan now, and constantly revisit it to keep it fresh.

Three quick things to remember:

  • who to call
  • where to go
  • what to pack

Customize Your Emergency Alerts
In order to put your plan in motion as quickly as possible, you have to receive timely emergency warnings. Sign up to receive OC Alerts, Orange County's emergency alert system, which is customizable from the types of messages you receive to the devices on which you receive them.

Resources has resources available to help you prepare, from the mindset of preparedness to being ready to take action. North Carolina also has a portal with helpful preparedness tips at

This year's National Preparedness Month theme is "Disasters Happen. Prepare now. Learn how.”

Week 1: September 1-8 Make and Practice Your Plan
Week 2: September 9-15* Learn Live Saving Skills
Week 3: September 16-22 Check Your Coverage
Week 4: September 23-29 Save for an Emergency
*September 15 is National Day of Action (

Ready was launched by the Department of Homeland Security in February 2003 and is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

Stay Connected
The Town of Chapel Hill provides information about services during emergencies on its website, Follow the Town’s social media accounts for updates: Twitter - @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillFD, and; and Instagram – ChapelHillGov.


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