09.11.18

Sen. Burr Urges North Carolinians to Take Hurricane Florence Threat Seriously

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall in North Carolina this week as a Category 4 hurricane:

“Hurricane Florence threatens to be a serious and dangerous weather event for North Carolina. Our state has seen devastating natural disasters in recent years, and many communities are still recovering from previous storms. I want to thank President Trump for approving Governor Cooper’s request for an Emergency Declaration, which will help mobilize Federal assistance to support state and local response efforts.

“Now is the time to prepare for the coming hurricane. Make sure you have emergency supplies in your home, including bottled water, battery-powered flashlights, phone chargers and extra cash. Have an emergency communications plan with your family, and know what the evacuation route is in your area. If a mandatory evacuation has been issued for your town, please comply and listen to local officials.

“I urge all North Carolinians to take this threat seriously, and to stay safe over the coming week.”

Background:

Yesterday, Senator Burr, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and the entire North Carolina delegation sent a letter to President Trump urging him to approve the governor’s request for Emergency Declaration as the state prepares for the storm.

“Hurricane Florence poses an imminent and dangerous threat to North Carolina and its approach necessitates the state to once again activate the State Emergency Response Team and numerous other state resources,” the letter stated. “An Emergency Declaration will provide the needed assistance to the state and local communities to allow them to properly prepare for the effects of Hurricane Florence.”

Last night, the president approved the request, declaring a state of emergency and authorizing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief.

North Carolinians can find a list of resources here. The list include links to the latest updates from state officials, weather forecasts, emergency preparedness checklists, shelter locations and how to report power outages.