The Town of Carrboro encourages residents to stay weather aware as remnants of Michael enters central North Carolina. The National Weather Service in Raleigh is forecasting Hurricane Michael to impact Orange County and central North Carolina as a tropical storm as early as Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.
In preparation for Michael, Roy Cooper today declared a State of Emergency and waived certain transportation rules. Sustained winds of tropical storm force (up to 73 miles per hour) could be present with this storm, and high volumes of rain are likely. Flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
For the latest forecast, visit weather.gov/rah/tropical.
As the storm approaches, below are some tips on how you can be prepared. Emergencies:
Call 911Plan and Prepare
•Residents should prepare their homes with nonperishable food items, fuel, batteries, flashlights, bottled water, candles, matches, emergency radio, pet food, cash, fire extinguisher, and first aid kits. Be sure to check on your neighbors, especially if they are disabled or elderly
•Don’t forget to secure outdoor items that could become projectiles in wind.
•First aid kits and medical supplies are encouraged to have on hand. For safety of our first responders Fire and EMS will not be responding to calls if winds are 40 miles per hour or higher. However, Police will be staged throughout the town.Local Shelter Information:
Orange County Emergency Management is responsible for setting up and managing shelters. Should we need to establish shelters, the County will open them at pre-identified locations. Notifications will be sent through Town and County channels as well as local media outlets.
For more information, visit http://orangecountync.gov/departments/emergency_services/disaster_emergency_preparedness.php
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. Pre-Storm Readiness Activities
Town crews are working on pre-storm readiness activities including checking and cleaning-as-needed stormwater drains, prepping generators and chainsaws, and planning a coordinated emergency response. If you live in a flood-prone area be vigilant. Pay attention to weather updates and your local media.
Clear and secure your yard debris that could cause damage in high winds (examples: grills, patio furniture, play sets, lawn maintenance equipment)
Drinking Water Information:
It is safe to drink tap water as usual, even if the power is out. However, if the water stops working, OWASA will restore service and notify customers as soon as it’s safe to do so. In case there is a water service disruption (for example, if an uprooted tree damages a pipe affecting water delivery) OWASA urges everyone to have a hurricane preparedness plan in place, which includes storing one gallon of water per person per day, for 3 to 7 days. YOU WILL NEED:
Residents should prepare their homes with nonperishable food items, fuel, batteries, Flashlights, bottled water, candles, matches, emergency radio, pet food, cash, re extinguisher, and first aid kits. Be sure to check on your neighbors, especially if they are disabled or elderly. Secure outdoor items that could become projectiles in wind. First aid kits and medical supplies are encouraged to have on hand.
Stay connected. Access outage maps online at www.duke-energy.com/outages
to register for outage updates. Customers can text OUT to 58801 to report an outage from their mobile phone.
Be sure to use the mobile phone associated with your account.
To stay informed of future power outages, sign up to receive power outage alerts from Duke Energy by texting REG to 57801 or choose from text, email or phone alerts by enrolling atduke-energy.com/OutageAlerts
Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)
Piedmont Electric Main Office: 1-800-449-2667 OR Report Outage: 1-800-222-3107
Progress Energy 1-800-419-6356 PSNC 1-877-776-2427Keep In Mind:
•Shelters ask that you be as informed and prepared as possible.
•If you need special assistance in a disaster call 919-245-2884 to register for assistance before a disaster strikes.
•Shelter locations may change depending on the emergency
•Listen to the radio for further directions concerning shelter openings: WCHL-AM (1360), WCHL-FM (97.9), WDCG-FM (105.1), WRAL-FM (101.5), WYMY-FM (La Ley 101.1 in Spanish)
Note: Please check Town of Carrboro (Facebook & Twitter) for updates on planning and available resources as the storm approaches. Schools:Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools
919-627-8211 Orange County Schools
North Carolina Insurance Information
Call 800-546-5664 or 919-807-6750
National Flood Insurance Program
Document High Water Mark Locations -North Carolina's State Floodplain Mapping Program
We also encourage you to tell family and friends now about the American Red Cross Safe and Well List website, so they will know how to get your "safe and well" message in an emergency. In the event of an emergency, you can register on the redcross.org/safeandwell website.Follow social media to stay informed.
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