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Hurricane Florence: What to Know and Who to Call (Part 2)

Hurricane Florence: What to Know and Who to Call (Part 2)

OK Chamber members, its game time. 


For several days we have all be planning for Hurricane Florence’s arrival.  Please don’t be lulled by slower winds and a more southern eye - the wind and water impacts will be substantial, and you should continue to brace for the worst.  Listen to local radio at 97.9 The Hill and follow local media and government on social media (links below).


Call or text if you need anything (my info is below).  Ask for help.  Offer help.


A key reminder on WATER - Tap water will continue to flow and remains safe to drink even if the power goes out. That said, depending on the severity of the hurricane, it's possible that water service may be interrupted. Please store one gallon of water per person per day, for 3 to 7 days, by purchasing it or preparing your own containers at home (I am going the container route). OWASA Hurricane information and OWASA Hurricane FAQs.


Insurance: Begin thinking about recovery and any insurance filings you may have to make by doing a photo or video tour of your home and office.  Record it all, it will be worth it if you need it.


Calling for Help and Information:

- Dial 911 for an emergency

- Dial 211 or 888-892-1162 for 24/7 information about nearby shelter, food assistance, housing and other storm-related help.

- Dial 919-969-5005 for non-emergency questions and information sharing in Chapel Hill.

Best Forecast site: National Hurricane Center’s Florence Page


- FEMA App for Apple and Android 

- Ready NC App for Apple and Android


- AT&T Hurricane

- Spectrum Hurricane and Spectrum Internet Customer HotSpots

- Duke Energy

- Piedmont Electric


Sign-up for Local Emergency Alerts: Orange County | Durham County | Chatham County

Social Media: #hurricaneflorence#florence, @CarolinaChamber, @UNC, @chapelhillmag, @chccs, @orangecoschools : @OCNCGOV, @chapelhillgov@CarrboroTownGov, @HillsboroughGov, @CityofDurhamNC, @ChathamCountyNC, WCHL & Chapelboro, @piedmontEMC, @DukeEnergy, @FEMARegion4, @NCEmergency , and @ChapelHillFD, @ChapelHillPD

Other resources 

- 97.9 The Hill WCHL &

- Orange County Emergency Preparedness

- Durham County Emergency Response

- Wake County Emergency Response

- Alamance Emergency Response

- Chatham Emergency Response


- FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center

- FEMA: How to Prepare for a Hurricane (get prepared section)

- National Weather Service



- Ready NC
 -  Restaurant and Lodging Association Emergency Toolkit

- NC Dept of Public Safety Florence Page

- NC List of Shelters


Stay safe.  The Chamber office will be closed tomorrow (though a few of us will be in).  Please call or text if you need anything. 


Aaron Nelson

919.260.0981 - cell

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