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Before every big rain event, the Drainage Crew checks for debris in creeks across Town. To help prepare for Hurricane Dorian, the crew removed this blockage in Bolin Creek last week. Today (Sept. 4), they will be checking Morgan Creek.

 

Hurricane Dorian Information

 

Hurricane Dorian | 2 p.m. 9/3/19 update

Town to Activate Call Center and Chapel Hill Connect App

The National Weather Service in Raleigh is forecasting impacts from Hurricane Dorian to begin in our area on Thursday afternoon.  Tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rainfall are expected through Friday.

The Town of Chapel Hill will have facilities and resources on hand to respond to downed trees, traffic signals that are without power, and flooding.

Stay tuned to your local media and social media outlets.

For the latest forecast, visit https://www.weather.gov/rah/

Call Center

For non-emergency questions related to Hurricane Dorian, the Town of Chapel Hill will open a call center on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The number is 919-969-5005.

If you have an emergency and need immediate attention, call 911.

Chapel Hill Connect            

Report issues 24 hours a day via Chapel Hill Connect townofchapelhill.org/i-want-to/report  and access the Hurricane Dorian category. Report issues such as blocked storm drains, downed trees, traffic signal outages, and flooding.

 

Hurricane Dorian | 1:15 p.m. 9/3/19 update

The Town of Chapel Hill is encouraging residents to prepare for any impacts Hurricane Dorian could have on our area from Wednesday through Friday.

For the latest forecast, please visit weather.gov/rah/tropical.

The Town will have facilities and resources on hand to respond to downed trees, traffic signals that are without power, and flooding. If you are aware of any storm drains or creeks that are blocked with debris, please see Chapel Hill Connect townofchapelhill.org/i-want-to/report to report these issues early this week. If the reports are received when the storm arrives there may not be time to address it.

 

911 

Emergency Management Coordinators

Town of Chapel Hill
Vencelin Harris
919-968-2705
vharris@townofchapelhill.org

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

How to Stay Connected with Us

 

Twitter: @ChapelHillGov | @ChapelHillPD | @ChapelHillFD

Facebook: /ChapelHillGov | /ChapelHillPD | /ChapelHillFD

May we help you? Contact us at Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or info@townofchapelhill.org

Chapel Hill eNews

Subscribe for email updates at townofchapelhill.org/signup or send a request to info@townofchapelhill.org. We issue regular news releases and a weekly newsletter.

OC ALERTS

If you're not signed up for OC Alerts--a fully-customizable emergency alert service--you can do so or check your preferences at member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611768#/login.

Good Neighbor Liaisons

The Town of Chapel Hill is looking for residents who would like to share and exchange information between the Town and residents in their neighborhoods and homeowners associations. Registered participants will receive emails from the Town to share with their neighbors. townofchapelhill.org/residents/neighborhood-liaison-form

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Campus Safety

UNC Department of Public Safety Adverse Weather Transportation and Parking Information

Shelters

Orange County is responsible for establishing emergency shelters due to extreme weather and power outages. For more information, visit orangecountync.gov/650/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.

Utilities

Chapel Hill Transit

Public Schools

Resources in Orange County

American Red Cross

State and National Resources

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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