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Onslow County declares state of emergency

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — During an emergency meeting Tuesday, Onslow County commissioners unanimously declared a “State of Emergency” and set a curfew in support of Onslow County Emergency Services in response to snow and ice from the winter storm.

The proclamation signed by Onslow County Board of Commissioners Chairman Paul Buchanan stated that the storm poses an imminent threat of, or existing conditions have caused or will cause, widespread or severe damage, injury, loss of life or property, and a state of emergency exists in Onslow County, North Carolina on this date, Jan. 28, 2014, at 6 p.m.

It further declared a curfew within the unincorporated areas of Onslow County in effect from 7 p.m. Jan. 28 to 7 a.m. Jan. 29, and 6 p.m. Jan. 29 to 7 a.m. Jan. 30, due to hazardous road conditions, possible fallen power lines, and utility service interruptions and the need to allow emergency crews, medical personnel, utility crews, and emergency responders access to affected areas. This time frame can be extended pursuant to the authority delegated in this Proclamation.

“The curfew is a matter of public safety. It is essential for the citizens to be off the roads in order for the sheriff and deputies to be able to respond to calls for assistance and for overall safety. The curfew will also prevent crimes of opportunity while our citizens are safe in their homes. Our emergency responders will be able to react and respond safely to minimize loss and maintain security and safety measures,” Buchanan said.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown reported on county road conditions. He said, “Whether you’re driving or walking the roads are extremely dangerous. Ice is a danger for drivers and pedestrians. My advice to my people and the citizens is to not get on the roads or out of your homes unless you have to.”


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