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October 19, 2017

Jackson County Issues State of Emergency

Jackson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Brian McMahan has declared a State of
Emergency for Jackson County effective Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:00 am 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

Declaring a State of Emergency proactively ensures that our emergency and public safety officials will be
able to implement their respective protocols immediately and cooperatively. This also ensures our
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. We 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.

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