Thursday, August 18, 2022

Photos: Cooper tours fully-activated New Hanover Emergency Operations Center

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper greets employees in the Joint Command Center tasked with fielding calls from the public information hotline. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — New Hanover County closed county offices and opened its Emergency Operations Center in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian’s U.S. landfall.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper visited the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Tuesday to tour the facilities, meet emergency operations personnel, address the media, and talk with various elected officials in the region.

Related: New Hanover County briefing: Dorian impact details, mandatory beach town evacuations, shelters

The county’s EOC remained open for 13 days during Hurricane Florence last year.

A public information and question hotline is back in action as the region braces for Hurricane Dorian’s potential impacts. Trained personnel stay glued to the hotline 24/7, ready to answer questions about evacuations, shelters, updated notices, and provide other emergency-related information to callers at 910-798-6800 

Last year, the county handled approximately 11,000 calls through this information line.

(Center) New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon and (far right) Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
(Center) New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon and (far right) Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
(Center) Governor Roy Cooper talks to New Hanover County Commissioner Rob Zapple in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
(Center) Governor Roy Cooper talks to New Hanover County Commissioner Rob Zapple in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
With county offices closed, staff fill the seats of the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
With New Hanover County offices closed, county staff members fill the seats of the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
(Left) Governor Roy Cooper prepares to address the press in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, accompanied by (center) Senator Harper Peterson and (right) Representative Deb Butler. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
(Left) Governor Roy Cooper prepares to address the press in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, accompanied by (center) Senator Harper Peterson and (right) Representative Deb Butler. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
New Hanover County public information officer Janine Powell (left) and Manager Chris Coudriet greet employees in the Joint Communication Center tasked with fielding calls from the public information hotline. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
New Hanover County public information officer Janine Powell (left) and Manager Chris Coudriet greet employees in the Joint Command Center tasked with fielding calls from the public information hotline. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
With New Hanover County offices closed, county staff members fill the seats of the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
With New Hanover County offices closed, county staff members fill the seats of the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
(Left) Governor Roy Cooper prepares to address the press in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, accompanied by (right) New Hanover County Chairman Jonathan Barfield. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
(Left) Governor Roy Cooper addresses the press in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, accompanied by (right) New Hanover County Chairman Jonathan Barfield. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Governor Roy Cooper addresses the press in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, accompanied by (right) New Hanover County Chairman Jonathan Barfield. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Governor Roy Cooper addresses the press in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, accompanied by (right) New Hanover County Chairman Jonathan Barfield. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
With New Hanover County offices closed, county staff members fill the seats of the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
With New Hanover County offices closed, county staff members fill the seats of the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
With New Hanover County offices closed, county staff members fill the seats of the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
With New Hanover County offices closed, county staff members fill the seats of the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

 

Representative Holly Grange, who recently accounced her candidacy for governor, accompanies North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper as he addresses the media in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Representative Holly Grange, who recently accounced her candidacy for governor, accompanies North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper as he addresses the media in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
With New Hanover County offices closed, county staff members fill the seats of the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
With New Hanover County offices closed, county staff members fill the seats of the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Governor Roy Cooper addresses the press in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, accompanied by (right) New Hanover County Chairman Jonathan Barfield. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
Governor Roy Cooper addresses the press in the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, accompanied by (right) New Hanover County Chairman Jonathan Barfield. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

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