Hurricane Florence Message from Administration

— Written By

September 10, 2018

Dear Extension Family,

As you know, Hurricane Florence is strengthening this morning and significant strengthening is expected over the next 12-24 hours. Confidence continues to increase that North Carolina will see life-threatening impacts from this storm. While there is low confidence in where the storm will head after landfall, preparedness is advised across the state.

There is an increasing risk that Florence will bring heavy winds, storm surge at the coast and inland flooding from heavy rain. After landfall Thursday, Florence is expected to slow in forward speed, which will likely lead to prolonged heavy rain and windy conditions through Saturday.

You have likely already received information from some of our specialists regarding recommendations for storm preparation and response. For the latest storm preparation, response and recovery information, please go to Extension’s N.C. Disaster Information Center and EDEN.lsu.edu.

The NCDA&CS Disaster Website is another key resource with the latest updates and announcements from state government.

Please use the next couple of days to help our clientele prepare for the storm. At the same time, please take steps to assure your safety and that of your family. With the approach of Hurricane Florence, we know that many of you are in the midst of storm preparations.

County Center Schedules

As a housekeeping item, we would like to remind you that county Extension employees should follow the closings and adverse weather policies of your home county.

When the county closes operations ahead of the storm, our county offices should close, allowing our personnel to evacuate or shelter-in-place. If you choose to shelter in place, please let someone know you are staying and be prepared to stay up to five days without assistance.

Please also see the following from our Extension communications team:

  • We would ask that employees refer farmers and customers to Extension’s N.C. Disaster Information Center for updates and resources.
  • Extension will be sending a daily digest message to all employees starting Wednesday that will compile important updates from a broad range of sources related to Hurricane Florence. The message will go out early each morning, featuring updates and resources were posted during the previous 24 hours.
  • Our goal is to gather and share timely resources in a central location on a regular basis to assist Extension employees with accessing the information they need.
  • Specialists and counties should post materials on their individual or program sites, and cross-post relevant resources to the disaster portal as appropriate.*Note that the disaster site is listed as “NCdisaster” under Cross Post To These Sites at the bottom of the right-hand menu on the post editor page. Scott McCollum in EIT is available to assist with getting information posted on the disaster portal as needed.
  • We will be sending a message to the DELs and specialists tomorrow, September 11, with guidance on posting and tagging resources for the daily digest message. The state digest message should only include official updates / announcements and timely resources intended to help our farmers and communities.
  • We’re also developing a process for employees to submit their local needs and request help after the storm. Other employees would be able to view the entries and volunteer their time and services to help – stay tuned!
  • Finally, the university has posted an updated NC State Hurricane Experts List to which you can refer media, should you receive requests.

The most important thing is that you remain safe during this storm. We wish everyone the best and we hope that the citizens of North Carolina are spared from the worst.

All the best,
Rich