IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR AND EMERGENCY MANAGER

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR AND EMERGENCY MANAGER

Monday September 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm

STATE OF EMERGENCY BEGINNING TUESDAY

Based on the current forecast track and anticipated impacts, the Town of Kure Beach will have an Emergency Town Council Meeting to discuss Town response at 6:30 pm today, Monday September 2, 2019. The Town Council will discuss State of Emergency Declarations and recommended evacuation decisions at this meeting. Based on current forecasts - the Emergency Manager will be recommending a State of Emergency Declaration on Tuesday, time will be defined at the meeting, based on the 5:00 pm forecast.

A State of Emergency Declaration will provide the town with additional powers and expedites the mobilization of emergency management resources that may be necessary to rescue, evacuate, shelter and provide essential commodities to our community.

TOWN OFFICES CLOSED

In order to prepare for potential storm impacts, Town of Kure Beach offices and services will be closed Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and will remain closed until further notice.

TRASH PICKUP

New Hanover County Landfill will be open on Tuesday from 6:30 am until 5 pm and then closed until further notice. Trash pickup will continue on Tuesday until noon to get all homes picked up prior to the storm and allow for transport/dumping. If your container has not been picked up today - please leave it at the curb - if it has been picked up today, please take it in to assist Public

Works in serving our community. All containers should be brought in and secured at the end of the day on Tuesday.

NOTE - There will be no debris pickup prior to the storm to ensure that all required activities are completed. Any yard debris must be secured by the property owner at this time. The Building Inspector and Commission of Public Works will be surveying the Town tomorrow for any issues and will contact the property owner directly.

With the required activities to service trash, protect public buildings and ensure all stormwater drains are verified clear - Town staff WILL NOT be providing sand bags during this storm.

CITIZEN ACTIONS

Secure all outside furniture and debris. Any Real Estate or other signs at a property must be removed and secured by Tuesday evening, as tropical winds could begin arriving Wednesday.

Ensure that you execute your personal Hurricane plan. Review the Hurricane Presentation on the Town of Kure Beach website and recognize that Hurricane Florence was only a low Category 1 storm in Kure Beach. Current forecasts has this storm as a high Category 2 Hurricane at this time which will have significantly more potential impact.

SHELTERS & EVACUATIONS

Evacuation from the Town is being reviewed and all citizens should be formalizing their plans and taking appropriate actions to protect their property at this time. Shelters are being coordinated now by New Hanover County Emergency Management and will likely be open on Wednesday morning based on their most recent update. That specific information will be shared with the public through a news release, on the county's social media channels, and also posted at https://emergency.nhcgov.com/.

WATER SHUT-OFF

If the storm continues as projected, the front row of properties would be isolated at the water meter by the Public Works Department on Wednesday morning. This will be communicated prior to action - but all front row residents should consider that water will be shut-off on Wednesday until the storm passes at this time.

Residents and visitors should complete their hurricane preparedness plans, sign up for emergency news and alerts at https://emergency.nhcgov.com/ (for New Hanover County Information), https://www.townofkurebeach.org/notify-me.aspx (for Town of Kure Beach information) and https://readync.org/EN/Index.html (for State of North Carolina Information).

Below is the latest update from New Hanover County for your review:

https://emergency.nhcgov.com/new-hanover-county-to-activate-emergency-operations-center-close-county-offices/

Thank you

Mayor Craig Bloszinsky and Mayor Pro-Tem/Emergency Manager David Heglar