"We are working closely with the
On the county level, Hanes had a conference call with the state's emergency management department midday Monday and said another local meeting would be held Tuesday morning to prepare. it will include representatives from area school systems, the
"We'll put them in a room together in the morning, all of us together, and see what everybody has put in place and talk about the needs and concerns," Hanes said.
"Right now we are just coordinating our internal resources, making sure all of those are ready and all of our assets are ready for deployment if need be," he said.
According to a press release from the county, Emergency Services is conducting "logistical checks, fuel resource allocations, emergency service delivery components and resource stockpiling."
"We're doing a lot of planning today countywide," Hanes said Monday. "We're reaching out to everybody as far as stakeholders to make sure they're getting things in place."
In addition to local efforts, Rep.
More information on preparations will be available as emergency departments continue to meet throughout the week. Residents can receive real-times updates and information by signing up for the county's CodeRED alert system at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BFFFE65DACB9.
Hurricane Florence is currently listed as a Category 4, classifying it as a major hurricane which has the potential to cause significant damage or loss of life, according to the
According to prediction models from the
Tropical-storm-force winds, which are predicted to blow between 60 and 70 mph in
The hurricane, which is expected to make landfall early Thursday and into Friday, will begin to weaken as it travels across land. The eye of the storm is predicted to reach
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