03 Sep Jacksonville NC Mayor issues emergency declaration
It appears that Hurricane Dorian has been taking some unpredictable twists and turns while hanging out around the southeastern coast of the United States. The hurricane has already slammed into the Bahamas and is now headed for Florida. According to current predictions, the storm’s path could do serious damage to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina beaches with strong waves.
In light of the expected path of Hurricane Dorian, Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips signed a Declaration of Emergency for the City of Jacksonville NC at 11 a.m. this morning, Sept. 3. According to Fox News, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 3 this morning.
As he signed this emergency declaration, Phillips said, “There is a serious threat to our Citizens and to our property. Given the wide swath of the Cone of Uncertainty, it is wise to take this action.”
He added, “Doing so allows the city to be prepared and potentially to receive reimbursement for such actions.”
Important local preparation information:
- Storm shelters will be open at Dixon Middle School, Swansboro High School, Jacksonville Commons Middle School and Richlands High School. Onslow County is operating the shelters.
- These shelters will open at 7 a.m. Thursday morning. So, the county strongly urges residents who feel unsafe for any reason to use these shelters.
- The City of Jacksonville will operate normally as long as possible.
- There will be no trash or recycling collection Thursday or Friday, the time frame Hurricane Dorian is expected to arrive at the Carolinas.
- Jacksonville Transit will operate as long as conditions are safe.
- Jacksonville’s Citizen Phone Bank opens Wednesday morning. If you have any questions about emergency preparation, call 938-5200.
- The city will transmit urgent and important information via Jacksonville Connect. Sign up here to receive notifications: Jacksonvillenc.gov/Connect.
- Hurricane Dorian is an evolving storm, so the city strongly recommends that residents stay tuned to local weather reports and local media reports.
- City officials also strongly suggest that residents make sure they have prepared an emergency kit and be ready to endure seven days without electricity.
For more information, go to this Jacksonville web page.
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