New Hanover officials monitoring Hurricane Matthew; residents and visitors encouraged to review their plan

Posted October 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm     Category: Emergency News

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – As New Hanover County Emergency Management officials continue to closely monitor Hurricane Matthew, residents and visitors are encouraged to review emergency plans, restock disaster supplies, and remain vigilant.

The National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory shifts the storm’s “cone of uncertainty” west, placing New Hanover County solidly inside the storm’s possible path. As of 5 p.m. Monday, Matthew was still a dangerous Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour. It was 360 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and moving north at 7 miles per hour.

Earlier today, Governor McCrory declared a State of Emergency for 66 counties, which facilitates the movement of any resources that may be needed to respond to the storm. “While we do not yet know how Hurricane Matthew will impact North Carolina, we do know that we can expect some form of impacts on our state,” said Governor McCrory.

Residents are encouraged to review their emergency plan for the following:

  • Evacuation Planning. If evacuation becomes necessary, know the hurricane evacuation route(s) and have a plan for where you can stay. Don’t forget to plan for your pet(s).
  • Disaster Supply Kit. Flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, copies of your critical information, and adequate food and water for several days.
  • Communications. Discuss your plan with your extended family and identify a communication plan to let them know you’re safe.

Home Preparedness tips include:

  • Check trees for weak limbs and branches. Trim where necessary to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure outdoor items that could be blown down or blown away including furniture, loose rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Clear any clogged areas and remove loose debris to minimize flooding and prevent water damage to your property.
  • Secure propane tanks away from heat sources, such as water heaters and appliances.

Follow New Hanover County Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook for the latest on Hurricane Matthew. You can also get real-time traffic and weather on the ReadyNC mobile app.

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Media Contact:

Charles Smith
Emergency Management Communications Coordinator
(910) 798-7446

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