Jackson County declares State of Emergency
JACKSON COUNTY -- Jackson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Brian McMahan has declared a State of Emergency for Jackson County effective 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11 due to potential public safety hazards related to the remnants of Hurricane Irma. It is anticipated that Jackson County may begin to feel the impacts of this storm by Monday morning and this weather event will produce heavy amounts of rain and strong gusty winds, which could disrupt public services and utilities as well as mobility.
Declaring a State of Emergency proactively ensures that emergency and public safety officials will be able to implement their respective protocols immediately and cooperatively. This also ensures citizens will have notice of this historic weather event thus allowing ample time to prepare. County officials are advising the public to sign up for Code Red and Code Red Weather Warning by going to the Jackson County homepage at jacksonnc.org. This allows residents to receive local emergency information via calls to a landline or mobile phone as well as text and email.
Officials encourage the public to monitor the National Weather Service for weather warnings and watches and NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information on the approaching weather event and for information on how to best prepare for some type of impact. Citizens can also get real-time traffic, weather, power outages and other updates by downloading the free ReadyNC mobile app or by visiting www.ReadyNC.org. Jackson County Emergency Management has been actively engaging the various state and local public safety and human services providers and will continue to help coordinate public safety activities until the State of Emergency is terminated.
The State of Emergency will remain in effect until key emergency services officials recommend that Chairman McMahan sign a declaration to terminate the State of Emergency.