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Hurricane Florence Updates

 

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

There are many ways to stay connected with the Town of Chapel Hill especially during emergencies like Hurricane Florcence.

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 www.townofchapelhill.org/news 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.

Social Media

Twitter - @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillFD, and @ChapelHillPDFacebook.com/ChapelHillGov; Facebook – ChapeHillGov – and, Instagram – ChapelHillGov

Local Alerts on Facebook

We are testing local alerts with our Facebook at www.facebook.com/chapelhillgov  Local alerts are a new indicator we can apply to a post's title to communicate urgent information. Users may receive a notification about the local alert as well.

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. https://www.townofchapelhill.org/residents/neighborhood-liaison-form

Orange County Text Notifications

Orange County Government wants to keep you informed even if the power goes out! Text OCStorm to 888-777 to receive text notifications from @OCNCGOV and Orange County Emergency Services during Hurricane Florence. Standard text and data rates may apply.

UNC

Alert Carolina

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/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.

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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