The City launched a CodeRED alert to citizens in low lying areas encouraging them to evacuate. Here is the transcript of the CodeRED alert:
This is a CodeRED alert from the City of New Bern. You are located in a flood prone area. Please consider evacuating ahead of hurricane Dorian. City of NB fire and police crews will be in your neighborhood making announcements over a loudspeaker encouraging residents to evacuate. These crews will be accompanied by buses offering transportation to a shelter – either Creekside Elementary School or Ben D. Quinn Elementary.
If you would like transportation to a shelter, please go to the following locations to board the bus. The buses will continue circling these routes, approximately every hour, until 5pm.
The first pickup was at noon for the following locations:
Oakland and Ashland Ave
Oaks andS. Glenburnie
N Glenburnie and TuscanLa
Mourning dove & Deer Path Cir
George St Park
Watson Ave and National Ave
River Drive & Court St
Stanly White Rec Center
Beaufort & Garden St
JT Barber School
Washington & Hazel Ave
Chesapeake & Batts Hill
Batts Hill & Turtle Bay
Batts Hill & Tram
Country Club & Elm Dr
Chestnut & Oscar
Liberty St & Walt Bellamy
Walt Bellamy and Fleet St
Broad St and E Front St.
Riverside and Sandy Point
The following pickups are at 1 pm:
National Guard Armory
Neuse Ave and Asheville St
Beech St and South Carolina Ave
Duffy St and Oaks Rd
Washington and Hazel Ave
Coopers Landing Apts
N Hills and Laurel St
North Hills Ct and Drive
Chestnut and Oscar
EF Thompkins and Charles
Citizens should bring their own pillows, blankets, medication, hygiene items, special foods, baby formula (if needed) and any other special needs items. There may be times that the shelters are without the ability to support medical devices and equipment so portable charging devices are recommended. Pets will be accepted at the Ben D. Quinn Elementary emergency shelter only. No other emergency shelters will allow pets. This shelter accepts cats and dogs only. All pets must be crated & you must bring food and water for them, medications, and rabies certificates. You must remain at the shelter with their pet and are responsible for caring for and cleaning up after their pet. Citizens are prohibited from bringing weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, perishable food items, radios or televisions into an emergency shelter. Small hand-held devices can be used with headphones.
Curfew imposed effective at 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 until 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, unless in search of medical assistance, food or other commodity of service necessary to sustain the well-being of himself and his family or some member thereof. Read the entire curfew here.
As Hurricane Dorian heads up the Carolina coastline, Duke Energy is projecting it could cause more than 700,000 power outages – some possibly lasting several days – based on the storm’s current forecasted track.
The slow-moving, powerful hurricane will bring tropical-storm-force winds and rain over a large portion of the Carolinas. The company projects power outages are likely to occur Thursday and Friday:
In North Carolina’s Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill).
In South Carolina’s Pee Dee region (Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg).
Along the entire coasts of both North Carolina and South Carolina – extending to communities up to 100 miles inland.
Power outage projections are based on the company’s storm modeling tool, which analyzes storm track, storm size, wind speed, wind-field size, ground saturation and the history of previous hurricanes in the Carolinas.
More than 9,000 power restoration workers in Carolinas
Duke Energy crews will begin repairs as soon as conditions safely allow. Duke Energy is moving an extra 4,000 repair workers from 23 states and Canada to the Carolinas in anticipation of the hurricane’s arrival. The crews will complement the 5,000 Duke Energy lineworkers and tree personnel permanently based in the Carolinas – creating a total workforce of almost 9,000.
Before power can be restored, crews first must assess the extent of damage – which can sometimes take 24 hours or more – to determine which crews, equipment and supplies are needed to expedite repairs. Crews will restore power, where possible, while completing damage assessment.
Trash and recycling pickups have been suspended for Thursday and Friday. Customers on those routes are asked NOT to put their receptacles out as they could become projectiles and could block stormwater drainage.
A new pickup schedule for these routes will be announced later. I’ll let you know what that new schedule is as soon as I get it.
Also, new sandbags are available now at all three sites:
The sandbag locations are:
West NB Rec Center, 1225 Pine Tree Drive (by the ball field)
Stanley White Rec Center, 901 Chapman Street (in the parking lot)
Dorian-spooked Bike MS organizers have canceled this weekend’s event in New Bern.
Catherine Lott, manager of event production at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said in an email to local event partners:
“Unfortunately, due to Hurricane Dorian, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel our 2019 Bike MS: Historic New Bern. We’re working this evening on outreach to all of our event partners, vendors, participants and volunteers. I do know that someone on our staff is working on reaching out to hotels, but please feel free to share this news with your hospitality partners.
“Please stay safe this week; we’re all thinking of our friends in New Bern and hope the storm passes without trouble,” she said.
The Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride 2019 was scheduled for Sept. 7 and 8.
The event in New Bern annually draws several thousand cyclists, along with festival vendors. It is among the largest events in Downtown New Bern each year, although it is dwarfed by MumFest, which is held in October.
The event is based at Union Point Park at the intersection of East Front and South Front streets, an area that is always among the first to flood in New Bern.
According to published reports, organizers were concerned about the condition of Union Point after the storm, on top of existing concerns about limited available hotel space in Downtown New Bern.
The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, the largest in the city and the city’s only full-service hotel, has been closed since Hurricane Florence.
Any remaining hotel rooms in New Bern would undoubtedly be quickly filled following a hurricane by recovery workers.
Based on the latest information from the county emergency operations center, Craven County Schools announces the following schedule changes and closings in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian and potential impacts on Craven County:
Craven County Schools will operate on a 2-hour early release for all students on Wednesday, Sept. 4. There will be no after school or evening activities during this same period.
Craven County Schools will Be Closed for all students and staff on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept 6.
Essential staff be prepared to be on standby for Thursday and Friday if the need arises and you are able to safely report to work.
“We realize many of our families have not fully recovered from Hurricane Florence so we strongly recommend you make the necessary preparations as soon as possible,” the district said in a news release.
Should any further announcements be necessary, notifications will be sent via the school alert system, local media, and the district web page – www.cravenk12.org– and social media sites.
Epiphany School for Global Studies will be closed Wednesday through Friday.
Craven County is one of three counties in North Carolina participating in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Know Your Zone (KYZ) pilot program.
North Carolina Know Your Zone (KYZ) is a new tiered evacuation system that highlights areas most at risk to storm surge and flooding impacts from hurricanes, tropical storms, and other hazards. Know Your Zone relies on a color-coded approach for users to determine the evacuation zone where they live, work, or are visiting based upon their street address.
When a storm is approaching, Craven County officials will determine the zones that are most threatened to assess which residents should evacuate according to their level of vulnerability. Areas in Zone A will typically be evacuated first, followed by areas in Zone B, etc. While all zones won’t be evacuated in every event, emergency managers will work with local media and use other outreach tools to notify residents and visitors of impacted zones and evacuation instructions.
Know Your Zone is intended to streamline the evacuation process by supporting personal readiness as residents prepare for hazardous weather events. In addition to helping avoid unnecessary evacuation travel, zones can also ease overcrowding at local storm shelters and increase public safety. Knowing your zone and when to evacuate can ultimately save your family’s life.
Evacuations are only called for when the lives and safety of those in the area being evacuated will be at risk. Once an evacuation has been called, gather your belongings (including your emergency supply kit) and leave as soon as possible for your personal safety. If time allows, secure your home by locking doors and windows. By following evacuation orders, you are protecting both yourself and first responders.
Residents in Craven County can locate their assigned evacuation zone by visiting http://bit.ly/cravenKYZ.
While evacuation zones won’t be fully implemented across eastern NC until hurricane season 2020, Craven County residents will be assigned a zone this year given the County’s participation in the KYZ pilot program.
Craven County Government Emergency Management updates will appear on the Craven County website at www.cravencountync.gov, on the Craven County Facebook page @cravencounty and the Craven County Emergency Management Twitter account @cravencountync.
Workers at Morgan’s Tavern in Downtown New Bern install boards on windows Tuesday. NBPost photo
Craven County issued a voluntary evacuation order to be effective at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, for Zone A or for those living in low-lying areas of Craven County with a history of extreme flooding. Extreme wind, storm surge, rainfall and river flooding is expected in the Neuse and Trent River basins in Craven County as early as Wednesday evening.
People living in the following locations that are prone to flooding are encouraged to evacuate: Harlowe (Adam’s Creek and Clubfoot Creek), Fairfield Harbor, portions of theCity of New Bern (National Avenue, Woodrow and Duffyfield communities), Sandy Point, and River Bend.Residents in Craven County can locate their assigned Know Your Zone (KYZ) evacuation zone by visitinghttp://bit.ly/cravenKYZ.
“No mandatory evacuations have been ordered at this time. Craven County strongly urges all citizens to monitor this storm and even if you are not in the areas specifically mentioned in the voluntary evacuation order, consider your safety, take this hurricane very seriously, and make preparations to leave now,” stated Jack B. Veit, III, Craven County Manager.
Individuals in areas at risk of flooding should prepare for extreme storm surge.Past flood events have shown areas not directly impacted by flood waters may be isolated and travel may be restricted.
Four Emergency Shelters will open in Craven Countyon Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.for citizens living in low-lying areas prone to flooding who have nowhere else to relocate to:
Creekside Elementary (2790 Landscape Dr, New Bern) *New Location*
Ben D. Quinn Elementary (4275 Martin Luther King Blvd, New Bern) *Pet Friendly*
Farm Life Elementary (Vanceboro)
Citizens should bring their own pillows, blankets, medication, hygiene items, special foods, baby formula (if needed) and any other special needs items.There may be times that the shelters are without the ability to support medical devices and equipment so portable charging devices are recommended.Pets will be accepted at the Ben D. Quinn Elementary emergency shelter only.No other emergency shelters will allow pets.This shelter accepts cats and dogs only, no exotic pets.All pets must be crated.Pet owners need to bring bowls for food and water, food and medications for their pets, and rabies certificates (not the tags).Pet owners will be expected to remain at the shelter with their pet and are responsible for caring for and cleaning up after their pet.Citizens are prohibited from bringing weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, perishable food items, radios or televisions into an emergency shelter.Small hand-held devices can be used with headphones.
For more information on emergency shelters call Craven County Emergency Management at252-636-6608.Craven County Government Emergency Management updates will appear on the Craven County website atwww.cravencountync.gov, on the Craven County Facebook page@cravencountyand the Craven County Emergency Management Twitter account@cravencountync.
The City of New Bern declared aState of Emergencyeffective at 5 p.m. today. The proclamation, signed by Mayor Pro Tempore Jeffrey Odham, is an emergency mechanism that must be in place ahead of requests for regional, state, and federal resources. It also allows the city to take emergency measures to secure and protect residents, such as enacting curfews and limiting the sale of alcohol. No curfews or sales limitations are currently in effect.
Although the forecast track for hurricane Dorian remains uncertain, the City of New Bern is taking steps now to prepare and is encouraging residents to do the same. National Hurricane Center meteorologists say although a landfall is uncertain at this time, the storm poses a significant threat to the southeastern United States. By week’s end, Dorian is forecast to impact eastern North Carolina.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on N.C. 55 will mobilize at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 ahead of the storm. Management staff met today to discuss possible scenarios and storm impacts as well as current preparations, then began scheduling supplemental and on-call staff for storm duty. On Tuesday, city staff will begin checking supplies at the warehouse on Kale Road, making sure needs can be met for mitigating power outages, water and sewer emergencies, and debris removal. The Department of Public Utilities has mutual aid agreements in place should the City require additional help to restore power quickly and efficiently. Staff will begin topping off fuel in emergency response vehicles and equipment by midweek.
“We will know more about the track of the storm in the next 24-48 hours, but we are using this valuable time to get staff, equipment and supplies in place and ready to go,” said City Manager Mark Stephens. “New Bern could see storm surge, flooding, significant rain, power outages and wind damage as a result of this hurricane.”
The City’s stormwater pumps located at Jack Smith Creek and East Rose Street will begin operating soon in an effort to increase floodwater capacity ahead of hurricane Florence. During storms, these pumps come on automatically as water levels rise.
“Our best advice right now is to make sure your disaster kit is stocked and ready,” said Fire-Rescue Chief Robert Boyd. “Be sure to have food and water supplies for each member of the family to last several days, have first aid supplies and medications handy as well as batteries, flashlights and a weather radio. And if you live in a flood prone area, consider riding out the storm somewhere away from Dorian’s forecast track, possibly with a friend or family member.” Tuesday, firefighters will begin going door-to-door in low-lying areas encouraging residents to head inland. Those areas include, but are not limited to, Woodrow, Duffyfield, North 2nd Avenue, North Hills Drive, Cooper’s Landing, Hazel Avenue and Attmore Drive.
If you are a city customer and you lose power, report it by using our website portal atwww.NewBernNC.gov. From the homepage, click on “How Do I,” then “Report a Problem,” then “Report a Problem” (again), which will direct customers to a page where they can report power outages, water/sewer emergencies, and non-emergency issues. Or, call us at (252)636-4070. You do not need to speak to an operator. Leave a detailed message with your address, type of emergency, and contact info and an operator will call you back to ensure restoration.
Residents are strongly encouraged to subscribe to the City’s emergency alert system, CodeRED. It’s free and alerts subscribers to emergencies within the community through text messaging, emails, or phone calls. You can sign up on thecity websiteor download the CodeRED app to your smartphone.