Craven County declares State of Emergency in preparation for Dorian

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Craven County declared a State of Emergency in preparation for Hurricane Dorian to be effective Monday at 5:00 p.m.

All citizens, law enforcement and emergency response personnel are encouraged to cooperate with all safety measures being taken and abide by any restrictions which may become necessary to overcome the emergency situation.

“Craven County is taking steps to prepare for the worst while continuing to hope for the best,” stated Jack Veit, Craven County Manager.

Residents and business owners are taking steps to protect themselves and their belongings.

“We’re just going to try to be really proactive in case we do get another two to three feet of water,” said Jack Jackson, Nautical Wheelers.

The store took on four feet of water last year during Hurricane Florence, and they lost nearly all of their merchandise.

Residents are feeling nervous too.

They tell WNCT waiting for the storm can sometimes be the worst part.

“We moved back in to our house two and a half weeks ago. For ten months we lived in a FEMA supply trailer. Preparing for a hurricane was not on my to do list,” said Howard Neviser, a New Bern resident.

For now, Neviser is hoping for the best.

“If it’s going to be like Florence I have two choices: I can run away and come back, or I can list the house and just not come back,” said Neviser

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

Visit the Craven County website to register to receive emergency notifications via text, email, and phone calls through the CodeRed Emergency Notification System.

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