Prepare Now. Don’t Panic. Hurricane Florence Has Made Landfall
There is a possibility that Hurricane Florence will impact our area on Monday or Tuesday, September 17th or 18th—bringing us bouts of heavy rain and a high probability for fresh water flooding.
Mayor Craig A. Moe is encouraging everyone to use the weekend to prepare for the storm.
Residents and business owners in flood prone areas should take proper precautions for the protection of their families and property.
- Sign up for Emergency Alerts from the City of Laurel via Everbridge https://member.everbridge.net/index/1332612387832015#/signup You will get telephone messages with critical emergency information for the Laurel area.
- Tune into Laurel TV on Comcast channel 996 (HD) and 71 or Verizon channel 12 if you live in the City. Watch a live stream anywhere at www.laureltv.org
- Follow us on Twitter @LaurelCityOem if the Emergency Operations Center is open. At other times, follow @cityoflaurel & @laurelpio for City news
- Get push notifications on the MyLaurel App.
- Visit the City of Laurel-Government Facebook page often for safety information.
Plan and Take Action- Prepare for the unexpected.
- Develop an Emergency Plan for your family and for your pets.
- Put together a basic disaster supplies kit (water, change of clothes, snacks, flashlight, etc.).
The following resources are available to help prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials:
- FEMA - Are You Ready? Guide
- National Weather Service Weather Safety
- Be a Force of Nature with NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation
- NWS Storm-Ready Sites & Communities
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
- Ready.gov Kids
- American Red Cross
- Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready.gov/hurricanes for comprehensive information on hurricane preparedness at home and in your community.
- Empty refuse and recycling containers can get caught up in heavy rain runoff. Follow the City Ordinance and remove your containers from the public right-of-way.
- Refuse and recycling containers should be placed on the side of the houses. HOAs should check their common areas for special collection items and remove if possible.
- We strongly suggest using a reusable container (trash can – NOT recycling container) for yard debris.
- Remember, the City doesn’t collect plastic bags anymore.
- If you want to use a plastic bag temporarily to keep your paper yard waste bags from getting soggy and falling apart, that’s okay. Just remember to roll it down on pickup day on 9/19. Crews will take the paper bag and leave the plastic bag behind.