Piedmont Triad governments declare states of emergency before Hurricane Florence

Multiple counties in the Piedmont Triad have declared states of emergency as North Carolina braces for Hurricane Florence.

Guilford County

Guilford County’s state of emergency is set to go into effect at noon on Wednesday.

“It is important for our residents to take this storm seriously and take all necessary precautions,” said Guilford County Board of Commissioners Chair Alan Branson.

The county advises the public to stay off the roadways when impacts reach Guilford County and after to avoid interfering in emergency response and repairs.

Greensboro

The City of Greensboro declared a state of emergency moments after Guilford County did the same.

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan’s declaration goes into effect on noon Wednesday.

The city reports crews have made sure that all storm drains are open and all vehicles are fueled and prepped.

In addition to announcing the state of emergency, the city encourages residents to sign up for the Guilford Emergency Alert, Notification and Information System, also known as “GEANI.”

GEANI is an automated system that sends time-sensitive emergency notifications to your cell phone, home phone and/or e-mail.

Rockingham County

Rockingham’s goes into effect 8 a.m. Wednesday.

With the declaration, the county announced an emergency shelter will open at Rockingham County Middle School at 182 High School Rd., Reidsville, at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The animal shelter, at 250 Cherokee Camp Rd., Reidsville, will accept domestic pets. The county recommends relocating livestock to higher ground.

Davidson County

Davidson County declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon following other nearby counties.

Signed by Davidson County Board of Commissioners Chair Steve Shell, the declaration states, “It is necessary, to ensure the protection of lives, safety and property within the county, that law enforcement and emergency personnel have authority to access local, state and federal resources to address the challenges presented by such storm damage.”

Forsyth County

Forsyth County declared a state of emergency effective Thursday at 8 a.m.

According to the declaration signed by Board of Commissioners Chair David Plyler, the state of emergency was enacted in preparation for damage across the state severe flooding and wind damage in Forsyth.

“As a result of the above-described disaster, I have determined that there is an imminent threat of, or existing conditions have caused or will cause, widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property, and public safety authorities may be unable to maintain public order or afford adequate protection for lives or property,” the declaration reads.