President Trump approves North Carolina federal disaster declaration request ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Posted at 10:51 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 22:51:33-04

RALEIGH, N.C. – President Donald Trump and the federal government granted Tuesday North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s request for a federal disaster declaration in anticipation of the impact Hurricane Dorian is expected to have on the state.

“North Carolinians have faced tough storms before, and we’re taking every precaution to make sure we’re prepared. I appreciate the support of our federal partners in making sure our state is ready to respond to whatever Hurricane Dorian brings,” said Governor Cooper.

Cooper requested the federal declaration Monday after issuing a state emergency declaration on August 30. The federal declaration will speed federal aid to the state, including bringing more FEMA and military personnel and resources for preparation and relief efforts.

Dorian is expected to affect large swaths of the North Carolina coast. On Tuesday, Cooper ordered evacuations from the barrier islands. The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management continues to coordinate with local communities, staging supplies, emergency personnel and swift water response teams and opening shelters.

Families are encouraged to prepare emergency plans and supply kits. You can download the Ready NC app or follow NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter for weather updates and to learn how to prepare for the storm.

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