State of emergency declared in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Governor Bev Perdue has declared a State of Emergency for North Carolina in anticipation of Hurricane Earl's arrival.

The declaration calls for all state and local governments to cooperate in the North Carolina Emergency Operations Plan.

In a news conference Wednesday, Gov. Perdue urged people to be prepared for the storm and reassured residents that help is standing by.

"We have pre-positioned supplies and personnel along the coast," said Gov. Perdue. "We have both the Red Cross and the National Guard on standby. This state believes it's better to be safe than sorry, and that's what North Carolina traditionally does because we believe in being ready. Safety is always the barometer for North Carolina and how we treat any weather event. I really am asking on behalf of the state and all of these EMS personnel in North Carolina to pay attention to these warnings, and once again to realize that just because we think it may just brush the coast, none of us have any kind of certainty about that."

The N.C. Division of Emergency Management is working with local emergency managers to respond to the potential effects of Hurricane Earl. Ferry Services is running extra routes from Ocracoke Island for evacuations. All other ferry service is on normal operations. An emergency shelter is open in Pitt County at North Pitt High School in Bethel.

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