Extension Disaster Communications

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September 7, 2017 – North Carolina’s emergency management team is watching the path of powerful Hurricane Irma. While it’s too early to tell what Irma’s impact may have on our state, N.C. Emergency Management is warning we should plan for statewide impact.

N.C. Cooperative Extension – NCDisaster.com – has fact sheets and other helpful information that agents can distribute. Counties that are in a hurricane’s path may want to print fact sheets ahead of the storm, in case power is lost. EDEN.lsu.edu is another Extension website that provides reliable, research-based information on many aspects of disaster preparedness and response.

In addition, Extension’s Twitter account (https://twitter.com/NCExtension)
will provide timely information on preparedness and recovery resources. Extension employees throughout the state are encouraged to monitor these sites and, when appropriate, share this and other information with their social media contacts and others. Extension Twitter users sharing tweets related to disaster preparedness and recovery are encouraged to label them with the hashtag – #ncdisaster.

Because this storm follows on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, fuel shortages may be experienced in local areas. Encourage people to be sure their vehicles are fueled in advance of the storm, in case they need to evacuate or go several days before fuel becomes available.

We continue to be in conversation with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension regarding the needs of Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey. A plan is in place to provide assistance to them, however, they have asked that we wait until we know more about the path of Irma before committing our resources to them.

We appreciate all you do for our citizens. Remember, each county is to report their office and staff status to your district director within 24 hours of a disaster or as soon thereafter as possible.

For those of you who have not completed your staff contact list, please do so and email to Mike Yoder at mjyoder@ncsu.edu.

Be safe and let us know if there is anything with which we can help.