City and County Encourage Residents to Prepare for Hurricanes
FAYETTEVILLE - Since the 2019 hurricane season has started, the City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County would like to encourage residents to prepare for tropical weather, should it head in our direction.
The Atlantic hurricane season, which officially began June 1, peaks Sept. 10 and ends Nov. 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a likely range of nine to 15 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher).
A multitude of information on how to plan for a hurricane or adverse weather event is located at www.fayettevillenc.gov/storm. Residents can go there to read about how to download the City app, ReadyNC app and FEMA app, of which the latter two have preparedness tips for 72-hour emergency kits. The City app will have breaking storm information as it becomes available. Useful links to websites, PSAs, storm preparation links, utility contacts, social media links, power outage information and the NCDOT Road Status Database are also on the webpage.
Residents should also sign up for Cumberland Alerts, an emergency notification system to receive critical weather information. Sign up at co.cumberland.nc.us/alerts.
“Effectively getting the message out to residents was crucial to our success during the Hurricane Florence mandatory evacuation,” Mayor Mitch Colvin said. “The City’s storm webpage was used during Florence and is a necessary tool for citizens to get familiar with prior to adverse weather events. I strongly encourage everyone to go to the webpage and get prepared for hurricane season.”
Residents can also go to the County’s hurricane preparedness webpage at co.cumberland.nc.us/hurricane_prep and follow Cumberland County Emergency Services on Facebook at facebook.com/CumberlandCountyNC911/ to keep informed about severe weather and preparedness information.
“Our community did a fantastic job preparing for Hurricane Florence and we want to make sure they continue to take the threat of hurricanes seriously,” said Dr. Jeannette Council, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Chair. “Now is the time to start preparing. Know your hurricane risk and make a plan according to that risk.”
Should adverse weather or a hurricane head in Fayetteville’s direction, a red alert banner will be displayed on the City of Fayetteville’s homepage at www.fayettevillenc.gov, which will link residents directly to the City’s storm webpage, as will the City app, available on iPhone and Android devices.