Gov. Cooper orders emergency measures for storm readiness, urges North Carolinians to prepare now for Dorian

Published 7:37 pm Saturday, August 31, 2019

Governor Roy Cooper lifted restrictions on transportation by executive order Saturday to ensure critical needs like fuel, medicine and water can get to those affected by Hurricane Dorian if it hits North Carolina. The order also lifts restrictions on equipment needed to repair utilities and remove debris so those tools are easier to mobilize after the storm.

Saturday’s directive adds to Cooper’s order issued on Friday to help North Carolina farmers harvest and transport crops quickly in advance of the storm. The State of Emergency orders also triggers the state’s anti-price gouging law.

The latest forecast track for Hurricane Dorian shows the Carolinas could be in the path of heavy rain and wind in the coming week. Cooper urged North Carolinians to pay close attention to this storm forecast and make sure they are ready for its possible impacts.

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“Now is the time to prepare and take Dorian seriously,” said Cooper. “This storm could cause serious damage and bring dangerous conditions to our state. I urge everyone to follow the forecast and listen to their local first responders.”

State emergency officials were preparing for Dorian Saturday by coordinating with FEMA, surrounding states and local governments so that personnel and equipment are ready to respond.

The National Hurricane Center forecast Saturday afternoon puts the eye of the storm near Cape Fear and Wilmington on Thursday morning. The state, including inland areas, could begin feeling the storm’s winds and rains by mid-week, or as soon as Wednesday, if the storm stays on its current track.

North Carolina residents across the state should be sure they:

  • Have multiple ways to receive weather information from reliable sources.
  • Review personal emergency plans and know evacuation routes.
  • Check your emergency supply kit, which should contain food, water, prescription medicines, charging cords, batteries and other essentials to support your family for several days.
  • Be sure to plan for elderly relatives and pets.
  • Make sure insurance is up to date.

For more information on how to ensure your family is disaster ready, go to or download the free ReadyNC app, which features traffic, power outage and shelter information.

Follow @NCEmergency on Twitter and Facebook during September for daily tips you can use to become better prepared for emergencies and disasters.



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