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Brunswick Disaster Recovery Plan

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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This six-hundred-page book holds details to a disaster recovery plan 45 meetings and was six months in the making.
It can take ten years to recover from a natural or man-made disaster.
This plan helps dictate who will be in charge of what during the recovery process…
to help businesses re-open and people get their lives back in order as quickly as possible.
Bald Head Island Public Safety Chief Chip Munna says, “As far as Bald Head Island goes, we are a true island, there’s no connecting bridge, so there’s logistics involved in getting recovery equipment over, personnel over, trying to manage the situation after a big event. So this plan brings it all together so we’re all cohesive so we can make good choices, plan ahead, and respond better.”
The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management funded the planning with $250,000 in federal funds.
Scott Garner, Brunswick County Emergency Services Deputy Directors says, “We’ve got our specific plan. Now the state’s going to take it and it’s going to become a template to where they can go into other counties and they can use it to help build their own plan.”>
So why brunswick county?
“They have 19 different municipalities in the one county, I think more than any other county in North Carolina. They’re also a border state with another state. They also have a fixed nuclear facility in the county, they’re also a coastal state. And they also have a military installation. What better place to develop a comprehensive recovery plan?,” says the state’s Sprayberry.
The planning is complete, but there’s much more work ahead.
Now begins the training to implement the plan.

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This six-hundred-page book holds details to a disaster recovery plan 45 meetings and was six months in the making.
It can take ten years to recover from a natural or man-made disaster.

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Most area schools delayed Friday morning; airport facing delays and cancellations

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

By Gareth McGrath and Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

A possible, but not guaranteed, wintry mix of rain and snow headed toward Southeastern North Carolina has prompted local school districts to announce a two-delay to the start of classes on Friday.

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Soles likely to face pressures to leave N.C. Senate before term expires

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

For the second time in his long political career, state Sen. R.C. Soles has been indicted by a grand jury – and at least one of his fellow legislators thinks he should step down for the good of his constituents this time around.

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Crews Preparing for Wintry Weather

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

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Many folks around Wilmington may be longing to have a backyard like the Putnams, who have a snow making machine. The rest of us may get your first taste of snow Thursday night into Friday morning.

“Hey, the best event we can have is a non-event. We hate it. Snow sounds good, but it’s not the best thing in the world for the highways,” said New Hanover County Maintenance Engineer Jerry Taylor.

At the Department of Transportation, the trucks are already fitted with plows in the front and spreaders in the back. They’ve been converted over the last several days from dump trucks into salt trucks.

In addition to traditional salt spreading, the county now employs a pre-treatment technique using a solution of salt and water to get the roadways ready in advance.

Crews sprayed Interstate-40 Wednesday night with the solution, which you may see as white streaks on the highway. This lowers the freezing point and helps prevent icy conditions. Once snow’s in the air the plows will hit the pavement.

“Around these trucks, by all means, use caution,” said Taylor. “The operator has a plow he’s trying to watch, a spreader in the back he’s trying to watch, also along with all the traffic in itself. So, give them some room, give them some space, there’s a lot going on in that cab.”

How much snow we see remains to be seen – but for the Putnams, their backyard will be white for days to come. “We’re really looking forward to this weekend when we can have a chance to build up even more snow.”

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After our string of cold weather many of us around Southeastern North Carolina may have been longing for some snow to fall. We may get our chance overnight.

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Aquarium takes in chilly turtles stranded on Outer Banks

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.Com

FORT FISHERThe N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher has some new guests.A half-dozen green sea turtles that washed up around the Outer Banks cold-stunned by the plunging water temperatures are now recovering a few hundred miles south at the local aquarium.

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