Hurricane Irma: Latest from CNN and Beaufort County EOC

05 Sep Hurricane Irma: Latest from CNN and Beaufort County EOC

Though weather reports change as quickly as the weather the following is the most comprehensive report yet from The New York Times  this morning.

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The following is the most recent memo from the Beaufort County Emergency Operations Director and has some good information.

From: “Baxley, Neil” <neilb@bcgov.net>
Date: September 3, 2017 at 5:50:13 PM
Subject: FW: Latest on Hurricane Irma

Good afternoon everyone,
There has been increased public discussion about Irma this weekend. Below you will find the latest from the NWS Forecast Office in Charleston this afternoon. I have been talking with other Emergency Management directors along the coast this afternoon. Obviously we are all paying close attention to the storm. But PLEASE do not believe FACEBOOK. There are already dire rumors circulating that are totally unsubstantiated and intentionally misleading. Below is the true situation.
Now is the time to begin THINKING and PLANNING AHEAD.
1. If you do not have a personal, family and business plan for any type of disaster, now is the time to complete it.
2. if you have personal or business lessons learned from a previous storm, and have not taken mitigating action, now is the time to do so.
3. If/When an evacuation was to be ordered, where would you take your family? Do you have a location picked out? Do you know the route? Have you thought about medicine prescription renewals? Have you thought about pets?
4. During Matthew, there were 144 identified on-line sources putting out “weather information”. Many of them had bad scoop. Please make sure that your personal sources of information are reliable. Make sure that the information you are getting is appropriate to Beaufort County.

I’m going to borrow a quote from my friend Dennis Jones, the Chatham County Emergency Management Director earlier today.
” A friend recently posted ‘Don’t worry until its time to worry. Then worry.’ Right now, I recommend everyone be cautious…but not worried. This system is over 2,000 miles away and moving at a speed of 13-15 mph. We still have time to make decisions, implement protective measures and be proactive, IF the system shows any threat to” Beaufort County. ( I substituted Beaufort for Chatham.) I couldn’t say it any better.

We don’t know where this system is going. BCSO Emergency Management Division is monitoring it closely. We’ll keep you posted. Have a great holiday weekend!
Thanks
Lt. Colonel Neil Baxley
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