Blog: DPS Dispatch

En Carolina del Norte, agosto es el mes de preparación; por lo tanto, encajó bien que el mes comenzara con un huracán que trajo inundaciones, vientos dañinos y tornados al este del estado; y que la primera semana terminara con un raro temblor de 5.1 grados de magnitud que fue sentido en toda la región.  Sí, la primera semana del mes de preparación fue un claro recordatorio de que Carolina del Norte experimenta múltiples peligros, algunos de los cuales ocurren con poca o ninguna advertencia. 

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Tucked away off Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh in the same secure facility as the NC National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters is the North Carolina State Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Many members of the NC Emergency Management (NCEM) team work here daily, but in times of emergency or during disasters, this building is transformed into an operational war center of state and federal agencies, nonprofit relief organizations, faith-based organizations and some private sector companies.

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Conozca Su Zona/Know Your Zone, el nuevo sistema de zonas de evacuación costera de Carolina del Norte, lanzado a principios de este mes. Es un sistema de evacuación escalonado que se enfoca en las áreas más vulnerables a los impactos de huracanes, tormentas tropicales y otros peligros. La campaña se implementó para simplificar el proceso de evacuación mediante la asignación de zonas de evacuación con letras en cada condado, basado en las áreas/zonas de mayor y menor riesgo de inundación. ¿Como funciona?

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Es a principios de mayo y COVID-19 domina nuestros pensamientos y los titulares de las noticias. La temporada de huracanes esta lejos de nuestras mentes y pensamientos. Aunque no lo es. Comienza el 1 de junio y se extiende hasta el 30 de noviembre. Ahora es el momento de prepararse para garantizar que su familia esté segura en caso de que un huracán afecte su hogar. Del 3 al 9 de mayo es la Semana de Preparación para Huracanes, y es el momento de prepararse para la próxima temporada. Siga los consejos a continuación para estar listo cuando golpee una tormenta.   Kit de Emergencia

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Governor Declares March 1-7 Severe Weather Preparedness Week Showers are beginning to help flowers and trees to develop buds, birds are singing early morning songs, and the sound of thunder is rumbling across the sky. Spring is a thing of beauty in North Carolina, but it is also the most active season for tornados and severe thunderstorms.  As you are getting the garden ready for all that will begin to bloom in the next few months, also be thinking severe weather preparedness.   

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Storms leave behind big messes and communities need help with clean up. That’s certainly the case on Ocracoke, where several feet of storm surge inundated the island when Hurricane Dorian passed by last September. As residents cleaned out flooded homes, large piles of curbside debris quickly developed all over the island – made up of ruined furniture, soaked drywall and damaged floorboards.  

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More North Carolina counties have been designated as StormReady by the National Weather Service (NWS), as part of the Service’s program to help communities across America mitigate the effects from natural disasters. Twelve more counties joined 74 counties and nine communities in North Carolina already recognized as being StormReady. This year’s additional StormReady counties are Halifax, Macon, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Montgomery, Northampton, Perquimans, Rowan, Sampson and Watauga. 

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The Great Southeast Shakeout is a week away and you can be part of the growing crowd to participate in the world’s largest earthquake drill on Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. Join the more than 2.1 million people in the southeast who have registered their organization, school, agency, business or family and are ready to perform a ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’ drill, the recommended action for people to take during an earthquake. Among those joining in the Shakeout are more than 100 North Carolina K-12 schools and districts, which accounts for more than 347,000 of the 364,000 registered participants in the state.

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North Carolina’s Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) bring a variety of skills as well as resources and come from all over to help rebuild communities. A VOAD is a volunteer agency that responds to disasters as part of their overall mission. NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry notes that North Carolina’s VOAD program plays a key role in disaster response and recovery.

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When a hurricane or winter storm moves through an area and emergency shelters are opened, Functional Assessment Support Teams (FAST) help those with access and functional needs to find a safe place to stay and provide the resources  they need. NCEM recently held the second of three regional trainings to help ensure those teams are ready to serve in North Carolina.

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State Disaster Recovery Act provided funding Barbara Fletcher’s home near Princeton sits less than a mile from the Neuse River in one direction and Mill Creek in the other. She has experienced flooding a few times over the years, but Hurricane Mathew’s flooding was the worst. “I moved here in 1975 and put a $20 bill down on the house,” she said. “When I came back after that last flood, the bottom was saturated. You could pull out a drawer and the drawer would fall apart.”

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