THE DURHAM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS PREPARING
FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE
Durham, N.C. – The Durham County Sheriff's Office is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. Area forecasters predict that there will be a large amount of rain and heavy winds once the storm moves inland from the coast. As a result, we expect many area roads to flood, trees to fall and for multiple prolonged power outages.
If you have not already done so, we urge you to review your emergency plan with your family, replace any items in your emergency kit that are out of date and check batteries and power sources for items like cell phones, radios and flashlights.
You will also want to take a moment and explore the Ready Durham website for information on what to do before, during and after a storm. If you'd like to get timely information sent directly to you, Alert Durham provides you with critical information quickly for emergency incidents such as severe weather, hazardous materials, shelter in place, and/or evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.
Often during severe weather, the 9-1-1 center receives a high volume of calls. We would like to remind you that you should only contact 9-1-1 in an emergency situation that requires immediate assistance from the sheriff's office, police department, fire department or an ambulance. If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency, you should call 9-1-1. It is better to be safe and let the 9-1-1 call taker determine if you need emergency assistance. Remember that during storms, street signs, mailboxes with house numbers and other factors that identify your location may be damaged, obstructed or missing so stay on the line with the call taker and answer all their questions as calmly as possible so they can get help to you quickly.