Public Safety

  • July 9, 2014 • Public Safety

    Raleigh, N.C. – Every 911 center in North Carolina will be required to have a backup call response plan in place under legislation signed today by Governor Pat McCrory.

    Senate Bill 797 requires all public agencies operating 911 centers (known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)) to have an alternate plan for taking 911 calls in the event that a primary PSAP can’t receive and process those calls. The state’s PSAPs answered 6.9 million 911 calls last year, but outages at 21 PSAPS resulted in 62 hours with no 911 service.

    “North Carolinians should have confidence that emergency services will be there when they are needed most,” said Governor McCrory. “By requiring our 911 centers to have a plan for redirecting emergency calls, citizens can be assured that police, fire and ambulance services can respond quickly during an emergency.”

    Representative Jason Saine, a first responder and one of the bill’s sponsors, says the legislation affirms the state’s commitment to public safety.

    “First responders understand how critical it is during any emergency to hope for the best but prepare for the worst,” said Saine. “This legislation gives first responders added confidence that clear plans are in place for any communication outages that might occur.”

    Of the 127 PSAPs in North Carolina, only 26 have backup plans in place. Senator Andrew Brock, a bill sponsor, says citizens will be better served when every PSAP has a designated backup plan.

    “Our 911 centers should use the latest technology to ensure that all North Carolinians have uninterrupted, high-quality 911 service that allows their emergency calls to be answered in a timely way,” said Brock.

    PSAPS have until July 1, 2016 to comply with the new law.

Executive Order

 

July 8, 2014
EXECUTIVE ORDER 60
NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS 57, 58 AND 59
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 57, was issued on July 2, 2014, declaring a state of emergency due to the approach of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Arthur in the following counties in the State of North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Martin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, and Washington; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 58 was issued on July 2, 2014, waived the maximum hours of service for drivers transporting supplies and equipment for utility restoration and essentials, and with the concurrence of the Council of State temporarily suspended size and weight restrictions on vehicles used for utility restoration and carrying essentials on the interstate and intrastate highways due to anticipated damage and impacts from Tropical Storm/Hurricane Arthur. In addition, Executive Order 59 amended Executive Order 58 and directed the Department of Public Safety to suspend weighing those vehicles used to transport livestock, poultry and crops.
NOW, THEREFORE, by the power vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of North Carolina, IT IS ORDERED:
Pursuant to N.C.G.S § 166A-19.20(c) the state of emergency that was declared by Executive Order 57 and that waivers in Executive Orders 58 and 59 are hereby terminated immediately.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in the City of Raleigh, this eighth day of July in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-nine.
_______________________________________
Pat McCrory
Governor
ATTEST:
______________________________________
Elaine F. Marshall
Secretary of State

 

  • July 7, 2014 • Public Safety
    Raleigh, N.C. –  Governor Pat McCrory has issued a state disaster declaration for the Town of Woodfin to help the community recover from a severe storm that struck April 29, 2014. The declaration makes state funds available to help cover the costs of removing debris, providing emergency protective services and repairing local roads and bridges.
     
    “This powerful storm brought high winds and dumped more than five inches of rain on the Town of Woodfin,” Governor McCrory said. “These funds will aid Woodfin in financially recouping its expenses towards storm response and recovery.” 
     
    The state declaration means state funds will help pay the Town of Woodfin for 75 percent of the cost of those emergency protective measures.  Estimates indicate the city spent nearly $450,000 to respond to the storm.
     
    Hazardous weather rolled across the state April 29. The storms caused flooding, uprooted trees and damaged town-owned roads in the Woodfin area of Buncombe County.  One rescue operation was performed to remove a family from their home due to rising flood waters.  The level of damage did not meet the threshold for financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
     
    State and local officials have been working closely together since the event to capture all of the storm-related costs to determine if the town would meet the threshold to qualify for state assistance. Final costs were submitted to the governor earlier this week.
     
    Read and download a copy of the E.O. here.

  • State Begins Recovery Operations, Damage Assessments

    July 4, 2014 • Public Safety, • Transportation and Infrastructure

    Raleigh, N.C. – The State Emergency Response Team continues to respond to resource requests and is transitioning into recovery operations from Hurricane Arthur, which has exited North Carolina waters and continues to make its way north. According to the National Hurricane Center, Arthur is the earliest hurricane to hit North Carolina since records began in 1851. The previous record was July 11, 1901.

    “I want to thank our citizens and visitors for heeding our warnings and evacuating when asked, as well as the news media for disseminating weather and life-saving safety information throughout the storm,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “Although Hurricane Arthur made landfall near Morehead City as a category two hurricane, there are minimal reports of damage. Our teams have transitioned into the recovery phase and have begun damage assessments in the hardest hit areas.”

    Hurricane Arthur cleared North Carolina waters this morning yet lingering effects could still be felt along the coast throughout the day. Tropical force winds are expected to cease by late morning, with the potential for gusts extending into the evening hours. The possibility for heavy rainfall remains through the morning and should clear by the afternoon. Moderate storm surge effects continue in the sounds and rivers, and dangerous rip currents remain a threat throughout the day.

    “Although preliminary reports are very positive, it is going to take us a few days to fully comprehend the full impact of Hurricane Arthur,” Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said. “We are working with local officials to conduct damage assessments and will continue to support counties with resource requests and recovery efforts.”

    The North Carolina Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated with personnel responding to county resource requests and deploying teams to conduct damage assessments. The State Emergency Response Team will continue to work with its federal, state and local partners including FEMA, Red Cross, Baptist Men, utilities and private sector partners.

    No casualties have been reported. As of 9 a.m., more than 44,000 customers are reported to be without power in the coastal counties, with the majority of customers impacted in Carteret County. Ocracoke Island is also without power. A generator and communications package will be taken by ferry to the island this afternoon.

    Brunswick, Tyrrell, New Hanover, Dare, Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Currituck, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender and Hyde counties are under a State of Emergency. Five shelters remain open throughout Beaufort, Carteret, Dare and Pamlico counties.

    N.C. Department of Transportation crews have been out on the roads this morning assessing damage from the storm. Preliminary reports indicate that much of the damage has been contained to the Outer Banks, particularly in the area of Hatteras Island. N.C. 12 is currently closed from the Bonner Bridge south to Ocracoke due to sound-side flooding, sand on the road and numerous downed power poles. Crews will assess the area today as soon as the water recedes to determine the extent of the damage. Crews will additionally inspect the Bonner Bridge, the only link to Hatteras Island, as soon as conditions are stable enough to conduct sonar testing on the integrity of the bridge.

    "We urge people to stay off the road as much as possible in the impacted areas and allow our crews to complete the work necessary to reopen the road and get our residents and visitors back to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible," said Secretary Tony Tata.

    The NC Ferry Division will inspect the channels as soon as water conditions permit and hopes to resume some runs to Ocracoke Island by late afternoon.

    For more information about how to get ready for a hurricane and what to do during or after a storm, go to ReadyNC.org. You can also download the free ReadyNC app – available for both iPhone and android devices – which has real time weather, traffic and shelter information.

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  • July 3, 2014 • Public Safety, • Transportation and Infrastructure

    Raleigh, N.C. – The State Emergency Response Team is responding to Hurricane Arthur as it passes near and on the North Carolina coast and Outer Banks tonight as a Category 2 hurricane.

    “The track of Hurricane Arthur has moved closer to our coast, which brings heightened concerns for flooding and storm surge in our sounds and rivers,” Governor McCrory said. “Residents and visitors that are in path of the hurricane should remain indoors and stay tuned to their local media for weather updates.”


    Governor Pat McCrory gives an update on the state's emergency operations during the arrival of Hurricane Arthur. North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry looks on.

    North Carolina’s coastal areas are seeing periods of heavy rains and tropical storm force winds late Thursday and into Friday from Hurricane Arthur. Portions of the Outer Banks and the coast may experience periods of hurricane force winds as the storm passes. Coastal flooding, moderate storm surge, dangerous rip currents, heavy surf and moderate beach erosion are also expected. A tornado watch has been issued for much of eastern North Carolina until 2 a.m. Friday.

    “We are closely monitoring the track of the storm and prepositioning search and rescue personnel, National Guardsmen and equipment in areas where we expect the greatest impact,” said Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “Our priority is to provide for the safety of all first responders and the general public for the duration of the event.”

    Eleven counties have declared a State of Emergency: Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Tyrrell. Three shelters in Beaufort County, two shelters in Carteret County, four shelters in Craven County, three shelters in Onslow County, and one each in Pamlico and Pender counties are open for residents and visitors who need to evacuate. As of 8p.m., more than 6,400 customers are reported to be without power.

    The North Carolina Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to monitor the situation and will stay activated with additional personnel on site.

    The State Emergency Response Team is ready to assist as needed. SERT partners include representatives from the departments of Public Safety, Transportation, Health and Human Services and Agriculture, as well as the State Wildlife Division, Office of Emergency Medical Services, the Civil Air Patrol, the N.C. National Guard, the State Highway Patrol, Adult Correction, Swift Water Rescue teams and private sector partners.

    The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) has soldiers on standby ready to provide direct assistance to state emergency managers, the highway patrol and first responders. Guardsmen are staged at the North Carolina National Guard armory in Kinston and will deploy if required. NCNG has high water vehicles, helicopters, and can provide power generation, medical, communication and shelter support as well as transport supplies if needed.

    The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has placed all essential personnel on stand-by and is ready for deployment at a moment’s notice. Troopers will be monitoring all major highways and will be assisting the Department of Transportation, county Emergency Management officials and local partners.

    The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to monitor conditions and has equipment and crews in place along the North Carolina coast ready to respond to Hurricane Arthur.

    “Right now our crews are in place and ready to deploy once conditions allow for recovery efforts to begin,” Secretary Tony Tata said. “I encourage people to stay off of the roads throughout the duration of the storm and use caution once it has cleared. We will work to open the roads and resume ferry operations as quickly as possible.”

    The SERT’s Joint Information Center (JIC) will coordinate the release of information regarding state storm response and recovery effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur.

    For more information about how to get ready for a hurricane and what to do during or after a storm, go to ReadyNC.org. You can also download the free ReadyNC app – available for both iPhone and Droid – which has real time weather, traffic and shelter information.



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  • North Carolina Prepares for Hurricane Arthur’s Approach

    July 3, 2014 • Public Safety


    Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory joined Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata and Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Commissioner Greg Baker today to give an update on Hurricane Arthur preparations. Hurricane Arthur has strengthened into a category one hurricane and is expected to reach North Carolina shores Thursday afternoon.

    “With our coastal communities bustling during one of the biggest weekends for tourism in the region, the safety of our coastal residents and visitors remains our top priority,” Governor McCrory said. “I urge everyone to stay informed, be ready and stay safe. We anticipate a beautiful holiday weekend once Hurricane Arthur clears out.”

    The North Carolina Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated Thursday morning with North Carolina Emergency Management staff and key State Emergency Response Team partners monitoring the event with the objective of supporting local government preparation, response and recovery efforts. SERT partners include representatives from the departments of Public Safety, Transportation, Health and Human Services and Agriculture, as well as the State Wildlife Division, Office of Emergency Medical Services, the Civil Air Patrol, the N.C. National Guard, the State Highway Patrol, Adult Correction, Swift Water Rescue teams and private sector partners.

    “Public safety and emergency management personnel have been monitoring the storm over the past few days and taking protective actions to ensure we are prepared,” Commissioner of Law Enforcement Greg Baker said. “We will continue to work with local and county officials to provide assistance and aid in response and recovery efforts.”

    All of the state's coastal counties are under hurricane and tropical storm warnings. Coastal areas may see periods of heavy rains and gusty winds, rip currents, heavy surf and moderate beach erosion. Heavy rains bring the threat of flooding in low lying areas and marshes. High winds have the potential to cause scattered power outages, structural damage and downed trees. Portions of the Outer Banks may experience periods of hurricane force winds as the storm passes.

    Pender, Hyde, Dare, Currituck and Carteret counties have declared a State of Emergency. More coastal counties are expected to declare a State of Emergency as the day progresses as well as open shelters as needed. A voluntary evacuation is in place for Ocracoke Island in Hyde County and Dare County emergency management ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors of Hatteras Island. Access to the island was cut off at 5 a.m. today. All ferry operations traveling on the sound and Ocracoke-Hatteras routes will cease this afternoon.

    The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) will have soldiers on standby ready to provide direct assistance to state emergency managers, the highway patrol and first responders. Guardsmen are staged at the North Carolina National Guard armory in Kinston and will deploy if required. NCNG has high water vehicles, helicopters, and can provide power generation, medical, communication and shelter support as well as transport supplies if needed.

    The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has placed all essential personnel on stand-by and is ready for deployment at a moment’s notice. Troopers will be monitoring all major highways and will be assisting the Department of Transportation, county Emergency Management officials and local partners.

    The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to monitor conditions and has equipment and crews in place along the North Carolina coast ready to respond to Hurricane Arthur.

    “Safety is always our top priority, and we urge everyone to stay off the roads both during and after the storm so that we can work as quickly as possible to clear them,” Secretary Tata said. “We will continue to monitor conditions, and our crews are prepared to work around the clock to respond as necessary.”

    NCDOT has prepositioned equipment and personnel along the coast and increased ferry runs to expedite the transportation of residents and visitors off of Hatteras Island. Secretary Tata strongly encourages people to take advantage of these runs before ferry operations cease this afternoon.

    Crews in all of NCDOT’s coastal divisions spent the last two days checking equipment and loading signs. They will now remain on standby throughout the storm and stand ready to work to help power companies clear roads blocked by storm damage and help block flooded roadways as needed.

    The NCDOT Ferry Division is providing round-the-clock service between Ocracoke and Hatteras and will continue to do so until weather conditions make it unsafe to operate. It has adjusted its Hatteras schedule to accommodate more departures in the morning and early afternoon. Ferry routes for Ocracoke-Cedar Island and Ocracoke-Swan Quarter are continuing to operate free of charge until the evacuation order is lifted. Crews have also inspected the emergency ferry docks to ensure those sites are ready if needed. The Ferry Division expects service interruptions to begin this afternoon as the hurricane hits the area, possibly lasting into the afternoon Friday on the most northern routes.

    The current storm track allows for the possibility of over wash along Highway 12 south of the Bonner Bridge. NCDOT has equipment ready to mobilize if needed, as well as employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm. A plan is also in place to conduct underwater inspections at Bonner Bridge as soon as conditions are safe for the divers.

    NCDOT will provide real-time information about weather and travel conditions through its Twitter feeds. As the storm approaches, the department will send out tweets about road closures, flooding, ferry route updates and evacuation routes.

    Governor McCrory has signed three Executive Orders related to the storm. Executive Order 57 declared a State of Emergency for 26 coastal and adjoining inland counties to prepare for the possibility of any damage, including coastal flooding, caused by Hurricane Arthur. A State of Emergency authorizes the use of state government resources to assist city and county governments in storm response. Executive Order 58 waives various transportation rules and regulations in order to quickly restore power and expedite any debris removal. The third Executive Order amended E.O. 58 to include agricultural vehicles in the temporary suspension of motor vehicle regulations.

    Traffic and ferry conditions can be accessed on the ReadyNC website and mobile application for iPhone and android devices. ReadyNC also provides information on how to prepare an emergency plan and kit, gives real-time traffic updates, weather, water levels, power outages, open shelters, flood gauges and evacuation routes.

    North Carolina residents and visitors should listen to the local news for the latest advisories from the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center and state and local officials.

    The holiday weekend is one of the biggest weekends for coastal tourism in the state. The safety of North Carolina’s citizens and visitors remains the state’s top priority. North Carolina tourism offices are actively working with state and local emergency management and local tourism offices to keep visitors informed of the approaching storm.

    The North Carolina Division of Tourism will have its visitor call center open 24/7 starting Thursday and through the duration of the storm. Live operators will offer the latest information and updates at 800-VISITNC (800-847-4862).

Executive Order

July 2, 2014Public Safety

EXECUTIVE ORDER 59
AMENDMENT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER 58
TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS RELATED TO AGRICULTURAL VEHICLES
WHEREAS, pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.70(g) on the recommendation of the Commissioner of Agriculture, upon a finding that there is an imminent threat of severe economic loss of livestock, poultry or crops, the Governor shall direct the Department of Public Safety to temporarily suspend weighing those vehicles used to transport livestock, poultry and crops in the emergency area designated in Executive Order No. 57; and
WHEREAS, under N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.70, the Governor may declare that the health, safety, or economic well-being of persons or property requires that the maximum hours of service for drivers prescribed by N.C.G.S. § 20-381 should be waived for persons transporting essential fuels, food, water, medical supplies, feed for livestock and poultry, transporting livestock and poultry and for vehicles used in the restoration of utility services; and
WHEREAS, there is an imminent threat of severe economic loss of livestock, poultry and/or widespread or severe damage to crops without amending Executive Order No. 58.
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and the laws of the State of North Carolina, IT IS ORDERED:
Section 1.
Executive Order No. 58 issued July 2, 2014 is amended by adding the following Section 1A:
Section 1A.
The maximum hours of service waiver includes vehicles used to transport or bring feed to livestock, poultry and move crops to a save shelter in the emergency area.
Section 2.
Executive Order No. 58 issued July 2, 2014 is amended by adding the following Section 2A:
Section 2A.
The Department of Public Safety shall suspend weighing, pursuant to N.C.G.S § 20-118.1, those vehicles used to transport livestock, poultry and crops in the emergency area during the duration of the emergency.
Section 3.
This Executive Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for thirty (30) days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in the City of Raleigh, this 2nd day of July in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eight.

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Pat McCrory
Governor

  • Governor McCrory Urges Safety throughout the Storm

    July 2, 2014 • Public Safety, • Transportation and Infrastructure

    Wilmington, N.C. –  Governor Pat McCrory was in Wilmington today warning those along the coast and beyond to prepare for Tropical Storm Arthur. The storm, which formed off the coast of Florida and is making its way north, is expected to strengthen into a category one hurricane by the time it reaches North Carolina’s coast on Thursday. There is a tropical storm warning for the entire North Carolina coast in effect now.

     

    “While we all want to enjoy a fun Fourth of July weekend with friends and family, our highest priority should be safety during the storm,” Governor McCrory said.  “I encourage all of our coastal residents and visitors to take necessary precautions, listen to local media and use good judgment throughout the duration of the storm.”

     

    The governor was joined by Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata and North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry at the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center to give an update on the forecast and storm preparations. 

     

    Governor Pat McCrory has signed two Executive Orders related to the storm.  The first declares a State of Emergency for 25 coastal and adjoining inland counties to prepare for the possibility of any damage, including coastal flooding, caused by Tropical Storm Arthur.  The proclamation authorizes the use of state government resources to assist city and county governments in storm response.  The second is a waiver of various transportation rules and regulations in order to quickly restore power and expedite any debris removal.

     

    The North Carolina Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been monitoring the situation and will activate Thursday morning with additional personnel on site. The State Emergency Response Team is on standby, ready to assist if needed.  SERT partners include representatives from the departments of Public Safety, Transportation, Health and Human Services and Agriculture, as well as the State Wildlife Division, Office of Emergency Medical Services, the Civil Air Patrol, the N.C. National Guard, the State Highway Patrol, Adult Correction and Swift Water Rescue teams.

     

    “While the current forecast does not indicate Arthur will cause major damage, we are taking this storm very seriously,” said Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “Emergency management personnel, in conjunction with our federal, state and local partners, are ready to support the counties in preparation, response and recovery efforts as needed.”

     

    Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been posted for the North Carolina coast.  Coastal areas may see periods of heavy rains and gusty winds, rip currents, heavy surf and moderate beach erosion. Portions of the Outer Banks may experience periods of hurricane force winds as the storm passes. 

     

    The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) will have soldiers on standby ready to provide direct assistance to state emergency managers, the highway patrol and first responders.  Guardsmen are staged at the North Carolina National Guard armory in Kinston and will deploy if required.  NCNG has high water vehicles and helicopters, and can provide power generation, medical, communication and shelter support, as well as transport supplies if needed.

     

    The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has placed all essential personnel on stand-by and is ready for deployment at a moment’s notice.  Troopers will be monitoring all major highways and will be assisting our DOT, county Emergency Management officials and local partners. 

     

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Arthur and making preparations to respond quickly if needed.

     

    “Our crews are working diligently and are ready and prepared to help all citizens along the coast and to keep people and products moving along our transportation network,” DOT Secretary Tony Tata said. “I want to thank our team for their proactive efforts to prepare for this storm and to help travelers continue to safely reach their destinations.”

     

    Along the Outer Banks, the NCDOT will have front end loaders, bulldozers, motor graders and other equipment, and employees prepositioned at Pea Island, Buxton, Ocracoke and Kitty Hawk in Dare and Hyde counties. NCDOT has more equipment ready to mobilize if needed, as well as employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm. A plan is also in place to conduct underwater inspections at Bonner Bridge as soon as conditions are safe for the divers. In the central and southern coastal counties, NCDOT crews have inspected and fueled up their equipment and are on standby to begin cleanup efforts once the storm passes.

     

    The NCDOT Ferry Division will begin round-the-clock service from Ocracoke to Hatteras Islands beginning at 2 p.m. today to assist with Hyde County’s voluntary evacuation of Ocracoke Island. Service will continue until weather conditions make it unsafe to operate. Ferry tolls on the Ocracoke-Cedar Island and Ocracoke-Swan Quarter runs will be waived until the evacuation order is lifted.

     

    Traffic and ferry conditions can be accessed on the ReadyNC website and mobile application for iPhone and android devices.  ReadyNC also provides information on how to prepare an emergency plan and kit, gives real-time traffic updates, weather, water levels, power outages, open shelters, flood gauges and evacuation routes.

     

    Gale force winds are anticipated to arrive in Wilmington and Morehead City ports within 72 hours. Port employees are verifying ports are secured and prepared for storm conditions. 

     

    North Carolina residents and visitors should listen to the local news for the latest advisories from the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center and state and local officials.  

     

    Governor McCrory urges coastal residents and visitors to do the following to prepare for the storm:

     

    1.

    Determine if you are in a storm-surge zone:  

    During a hurricane watch, residents living in storm-surge zones may be ordered to evacuate.  Evacuation zones will be identified by local emergency managers through the news media.  You also should know if your home is located in a flood plain.  These areas suffer excessively from heavy rains associated with hurricanes.  Since flooding causes most hurricane-related deaths, flood plains are generally among the first areas requiring evacuation.  If you do not know the safe escape routes in your area, call the local emergency management office.

     

    2.

    Prepare an emergency kit:  

    To prepare for a hurricane or any disaster, it is best to have an emergency kit  available.  This kit should contain nonperishable food, water (one gallon/person/day) and clothing to sustain each family member for three days.  The kit should include a flashlight, radio and spare batteries.  Blankets, rain gear and appropriate footwear also are recommended.  Special considerations must be made for the young or disabled.  Remember to include baby food and medicines as appropriate. In addition, the kit should include photo copies of important family documents, such as birth certificates and insurance policies.  

     

    3.

    Fuel cars, obtain cash and secure important documents:

    Residents should fill their cars with gasoline and have enough cash on hand to last a week in case they are ordered to evacuate.  During power-outages, gas stations and ATM machines do not work.  It is also important to secure original copies of documents in a waterproof container in case of flooding.

     

    4.

    Obtain supplies to protect the home:

    If residents are ordered to evacuate, there will be little time to protect their homes from the storm.  Supplies, such as lumber and shutters, should be purchased now, and window casing pre-drilled.  Homeowners should clear their property of all debris that could damage buildings in strong winds.  Cars should be stored in the garage.

     

    5.

    Gather supplies:

    This may be the final opportunity to gather supplies from local grocery stores.  All residents should have an emergency kit with bottled water, precooked, nonperishable foods, flash lights, a battery-powered radio and paper goods.  It is also important to keep ice on hand in case the power fails.  Candles are not recommended for safety reasons.

     

    The safety of North Carolina’s citizens and visitors is the state’s number-one priority.  North Carolina tourism offices are actively working with state and local emergency management and local tourism offices to keep visitors informed in the event of an approaching storm.

     

    The North Carolina Division of Tourism will have its visitor call center open 24/7 starting Thursday and through the duration of the storm. Live operators will offer the latest information and updates at 800-VISITNC (800-847-4862).

Executive Order

July 2, 2014Public Safety

July 2, 2014

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 58

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS TO ENSURE RESTORATION OF UTILITY SERVICES AND TRANSPORTING ESSENTIALS
WHEREAS, due to the approach of Tropical Storm Arthur, vehicles bearing equipment and supplies for utility restoration, debris removal, and carrying essentials such as food and medicine, need to be moved on the highways of North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, I have declared that a state of emergency as defined in N.C.G.S. §§ 166A-19.3(6) and 166A-19.3(19) exists in portions of North Carolina due likely impact of Tropical Storm Arthur; and
WHEREAS, the prompt restoration of utility services and uninterrupted supply of electricity, gasoline and other essentials in commerce to citizens of North Carolina is essential to their safety and well-being; and
WHEREAS, under the provisions of N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.30(b)(3) the Governor, with the concurrence of the Council of State, may regulate and control the flow of vehicular traffic and the operation of transportation services; and
WHEREAS, with the concurrence of the Council of State, I have found that vehicles bearing equipment and supplies for utility restoration, carrying essentials and for debris removal must adhere to the registration requirements of N.C.G.S. § 20-86.1 and 20-382, fuel tax requirements of N.C.G.S. § 105-449.47, and the size and weight requirements of N.C.G.S. §§ 20-116 and 20-118. I have further found that citizens in this State may suffer imminent widespread damage within the meaning of N.C.G.S § 166A-19.3(3) and N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.21(b); and
WHEREAS, 49 CFR § 390.23 allows the Governor of a state to suspend the rules and regulations under 49 CFR Parts 390-399 for up to 30 days if the Governor determines that an emergency condition exists; and
WHEREAS, under N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.70, the Governor may declare that the health, safety, or economic well-being of persons or property requires that the maximum hours of service for drivers prescribed by N.C.G.S. § 20-381 should be waived for persons transporting essential fuels, food, water, medical supplies, and vehicles used in the restoration of utility services.
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and the laws of the State of North Carolina, IT IS ORDERED:
Section 1.
The Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Transportation shall waive the maximum hours of service for drivers prescribed by the Department of Public Safety pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 20-381.
Section 2.
The Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Department of Transportation shall waive certain size and weight restrictions and penalties arising under N.C.G.S. §§ 20-116 and 20-118, and certain registration requirements and penalties arising under N.C.G.S. §§ 20-86.1, 20-382, 105-449.47, and 105-449.49 for vehicles transporting equipment and supplies for the restoration of utility services, carrying essentials and for equipment for any debris removal.
Section 3.
Notwithstanding the waivers set forth above, size and weight restrictions and penalties have not been waived under the following conditions:
a. When the vehicle weight exceeds the maximum gross weight criteria established by the manufacturer (GVWR) or 90,000 pounds gross weight, whichever is less.
b. When the tandem axle weight exceeds 42,000 pounds and the single axle weight exceeds 22,000 pounds.
c. When a vehicle and vehicle combination exceeds 12 feet in width and a total overall vehicle combination length of 75 feet from bumper to bumper.
d. Vehicles and vehicle combinations subject to exemptions or permits by authority of this Executive Order shall not be exempt from the requirement of having a yellow banner on the front and rear measuring a total length of 7 feet by 18 inches bearing the legend “Oversized Load” in 10 inch black letters 1.5 inches wide and red flags measuring 18 inches square to be displayed on all sides at the widest point of the load. In addition, when operating between sunset and sunrise, a certified escort shall be required for loads exceeding 8 feet 6 inches in width.
Section 4.
Vehicles referenced under Sections 2 and 3 shall be exempt from the following registration requirements:
a. The $50.00 fee listed in N.C.G.S. § 105-449.49 for a temporary trip permit is waived for the vehicles described above. No quarterly fuel tax is required because the exception in N.C.G.S. § 105-449.45(a)(1) applies.
b. The registration requirements under N.C.G.S. § 20-382.1 concerning intrastate and interstate for-hire authority is waived; however, vehicles shall maintain the required limits of insurance as required.
c. Non-participants in North Carolina’s International Registration Plan will be permitted into North Carolina in accordance with the exemptions identified by this Executive Order.
Section 5.
The size and weight exemption for vehicles will be allowed on all routes designated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, except those routes designated as light traffic roads under N.C.G.S. § 20-118. This order shall not be in effect on bridges posted pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 136-72.


Section 6.
The waiver of regulations under Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations) does not apply to the CDL and Insurance Requirements. This waiver shall be in effect for 30 days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.
Section 7.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol shall enforce the conditions set forth in Sections 1 through 6 of this Executive Order in a manner which will implement these provisions without endangering motorists in North Carolina.
Section 8.
Upon request by law enforcement officers, exempted vehicles must produce documentation sufficient to establish that their loads are being used for bearing equipment and supplies for utility restoration, debris removal, and carrying essentials in commerce in the State of North Carolina.
Section 9.
This Executive Order does not prohibit or restrict lawfully possessed firearms or ammunition or impose any limitation on the consumption, transportation, sale or purchase of alcoholic beverages as provided in N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.30(c).
Section 10.
Pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.23, this declaration triggers the prohibition against excessive pricing as provided in N.C.G.S. § 75-37 and 75-38 in the declared emergency area.
Section 11.
This Executive Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for thirty (30) days or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in the City of Raleigh, this 2nd day of July in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eight.

____________________________________
Pat McCrory
Governor


ATTEST:

 

____________________________________
Elaine F. Marshall
Secretary of State

Executive Order

July 2, 2014Public Safety

 

 

 


July 2, 2014
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 57

DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
Section 1.
I hereby declare that a state of emergency as defined in N.C.G.S. §§ 166A-19.3(6) and 166A-19.3(19) exists in the State of North Carolina due to the approach of Tropical Storm Arthur. The emergency area as defined in N.C.G.S. §§ 166A-19.3(7) and N.C.G.S. 166A-19.20(b) is Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Martin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
Section 2.
I order all state and local government entities and agencies to cooperate in the implementation of the provisions of this declaration and the provisions of the North Carolina Emergency Operations Plan.
Section 3.
I delegate to Frank L. Perry, the Secretary of Public Safety, or his designee, all power and authority granted to me and required of me by Article 1A of Chapter 166A of the General Statutes for the purpose of implementing the State’s Emergency Operations Plan and deploying the State Emergency Response Team to take the appropriate actions as is necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of the populace in North Carolina.
Section 4.
Further, Secretary Perry, as chief coordinating officer for the State of North Carolina, shall exercise the powers prescribed in N.C.G.S.§ 143B-602.


Section 5.
I further direct Secretary Perry or his designee to seek assistance from any and all agencies of the United States Government as may be needed to meet the emergency and seek reimbursement for costs incurred by the State in responding to this emergency.
Section 6.
I hereby order this declaration: (a) to be distributed to the news media and other organizations calculated to bring its contents to the attention of the general public; (b) unless the circumstances of the state of emergency prevent or impede, to be promptly filed with the Secretary of Public Safety, the Secretary of State, and the clerks of superior court in the counties to which it applies; and (c) to be distributed to others as necessary to assure proper implementation of this declaration.
Section 7.
This declaration does not prohibit or restrict lawfully possessed firearms or ammunition or impose any limitation on the consumption, transportation, sale or purchase of alcoholic beverages as provided in N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.30(c).
Section 8.
Pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 166A-19.23, this declaration triggers the prohibition against excessive pricing as provided in N.C.G.S. § 75-37 and 75-38 in the declared emergency area.
Section 9.
This declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until rescinded.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in the City of Raleigh, this 2nd day of July in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eight.

____________________________________
Pat McCrory
Governor


ATTEST:

 

____________________________________
Elaine F. Marshall
Secretary of State

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