CHARLOTTE, NC — The City of Charlotte is preparing for potential impacts to the Charlotte area and city services as a result of Hurricane Irma.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management is monitoring Irma, per regular updates received from North Carolina Emergency Management and the Greenville-Spartanburg office of the National Weather Service. Emergency Management is making internal preparations consistent with planning for any weather event or impending hazard.
Just as the city is preparing for Irma, Charlotte residents should, too. Members of the Charlotte community are encouraged to:
- Make a plan
- Build a ready kit (Stock up on items such as bottled water, nonperishable foods, batteries, flashlights, gas up your vehicle, etc.)
- Stay informed
Shelters will open as needed. Locations will be determined as conditions progress. Stay tuned to city communications channels, including @CLTGov on Facebook and Twitter, as well as local media outlets for more information.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts issued the following statement Thursday on Hurricane Irma and Charlotte’s preparations:
“At 8:00 AM this morning, a state of emergency went into effect for the State of North Carolina. As of this morning, forecasts of Hurricane Irma put the Carolinas in the path of the storm. The hurricane could reach Charlotte by Monday or Tuesday of next week.
My number one concern is the safety of all Charlotte residents. Make sure you’re ready: click here for information on hurricane preparedness.
Yesterday, I spoke with Governor Cooper’s office and the city manager about our hurricane preparedness efforts. I am in constant communication with our council, our emergency responders and our city staff about Hurricane Irma. Charlotte is preparing for the worst, while hoping for the best.
I spoke with the Director of Elections for Mecklenburg County this morning, and they are monitoring the situation. I suggested the possibility of extending early voting hours on Saturday so that no matter what the weather conditions are on Tuesday, our neighbors have the chance to vote. Please consider voting early to avoid inclement weather on Tuesday.
No election is as important as your life and your safety. We will be monitoring the situation, and based on the path of the hurricane, we will be prepared to make a decision to suspend our campaign to focus on hurricane preparedness and recovery.
The City of Charlotte and the safety of our residents comes first. Everything else can wait. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of Irma, and with those still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
My gratitude is with our CMPD officers, our firefighters, and our MEDIC Emergency Medical Services who risk their lives for our community every day, dropping everything to run into the eye of the storm for our safety. God bless them and their families.”
Charlotte Water has made a series of preparations this week to ensure continued delivery of drinking water and wastewater services through any storm event.
Charlotte Water has participated in frequent briefings and updates with local and state emergency management. As a member of N.C. Water WARN, Charlotte Water is prepared to exchange mutual aid requests and, if necessary, have a staff presence in an emergency operations center.
City water and sewer operations staff has reviewed hurricane procedures in Charlotte Water’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
Fuel tanks have been topped off, and backup generators are being tested and placed on standby. Equipment and supplies, such as radios, laptops, chemical inventories, flashlights and chainsaws, have been serviced and maintained.
Facilities have been inspected and shored up to ensure reasonable protection against flooding and wind damage.
The operating divisions have reviewed staffing schedules and are prepared to adjust as needed. Some scheduled work may be delayed, but Charlotte Water will be prepared to respond to any emergencies. Customers will not see any visible change in their service.
Housing & Neighborhood Services
Code Enforcement’s DART (Damage Assessment Response Team) has been placed on standby in case assistance is needed. Staff has been instructed to check its gear and ensure vehicles are fueled up in the event DART is mobilized.
Solid Waste Services
City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services asks customers to put their materials out on their collection day and leave materials there until collected, as long as outside conditions are safe.
Engineering & Property Management
All emergency response crews and contractors for downed trees and debris in the roads have been alerted and are on-call.
Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT)
CDOT crews are out clearing catch basins and investigating areas that are traditionally prone to flooding. Trucks are being fueled up and crews are on standby.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
CATS anticipates operating normal service on its bus routes, LYNX light rail service and CityLYNX streetcar service up until Monday evening. CATS will closely monitor weather conditions and make any necessary adjustments at that time.
Citizens should go to ridetransit.org for the most up-to-date information on specific routes. The public is encouraged to follow CATS on Twitter and Facebook for periodic updates. Citizens can also call 704-336-RIDE, but wait times for information may be long due to increased call volume.