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October 17
​Creepy Crabtree Celebration Explores Darker Side of Nature

It finally feels like fall, and Halloween is right around the corner! Get a head start on the holiday at Lake Crabtree County Park’s Creepy Crabtree Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 20. The free, park-wide event will take place from 2 until 6 p.m.

Join us as we investigate the darker side of nature with freakish festivities, including scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts and gruesome games. Halloween costumes are welcomed and encouraged.

Drop by anytime between 2 and 6 p.m. to experience the fun! Registration is not necessary.

Wake County’s Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway in Morrisville. 

Creepy Crabtree is one of many events hosted by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space this fall. Visit our website for information on other events, dates and locations.

To learn more about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow @WakeGovParks on Twitter and Instagram. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook

October 16
​Early Voting for the November Election Begins Oct. 17

New video shows how Wake County makes sure your vote counts

Wake County voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots early for the 2018 General Election beginning October 17. Ten sites across the county will open for early voting. Early voting ends at 1 p.m. on November 3.

The Wake County Board of Elections takes many steps to ensure the safety and security of elections. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Wake County makes sure your vote counts in this video

Five things you should know before you vote early:

  1. Eligible Wake County voters may vote at any Wake County early voting site. See locations and the full schedule here.
  2. If you forgot to register to vote, you can do same day registration during early voting. You will need to show proof of your current address to register. You will not be able to do same-day registration on Election Day, November 6. Learn about requirements here.
  3. If you are a registered voter who has moved, you can update your address during early voting or on Election Day. Keep in mind that it will be quicker to update your address during early voting.
  4. The Wake County Board of Elections offers an interactive map to help you find the nearest early voting site. Enter your address, and you’ll find site details, voting dates and hours, and driving directions.
  5. You may avoid long lines by voting toward the beginning of the early voting period. Lines are generally the longest on the last few days of early voting.
For other voting information, contact the Wake County Board of Elections at 919-856-6240 or visit WakeVotesEarly.com.
October 15
​Board adopts two resolutions focused on protecting the environment

The Wake County Board of Commissioners took a significant step forward today to help protect the local environment and conserve precious natural resources now and in the future.

The board adopted two important resolutions during its regular meeting. One endorses the goal of achieving 100% clean energy by 2050. The other celebrates our biodiversity by supporting greater use of native plants in Wake County.

100% Clean Energy Goal
The board would like to see a reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The resolution adopted today will help do that in Wake County Government facilities and vehicles.

It establishes a goal of fully relying on renewable energy sources by 2050, but it allows for discretion based on available technology, budget availability and organizational readiness. 

“The recent report by the International Panel on Climate Change shows very clearly that if we don’t start to make unprecedented changes to lower greenhouse gases, issues like sea level rise and damaging extreme weather will only continue – threatening our food supply, our homes and our safety,” said Commissioner John Burns who led the development of the resolution. “We have to do our part to drive historic environmental change, and by endorsing this clean energy goal, we’re part of the solution.”

Native Plant Initiative
Our region’s native plants – such as the American holly, butterfly weed and creeping phlox – are environmentally valuable. They not only preserve our natural heritage, but they also help restore the ecological balance lost through development.

Wildlife ranging from birds and butterflies to mammals and reptiles are attracted to native plants and use them for food, shelter and rearing their young. In addition to preserving habitat, using native plants in local landscaping can help conserve water and reduce maintenance costs.

“There are so many reasons why native plants are the best choice for our community,” said Vice Chair Sig Hutchinson who spearheaded this effort. “That’s why we voted today to support increasing our use of native plants in Wake County. We hope to serve as a role model for municipalities, nurseries, landscape professionals and property owners, so they will join us in this initiative.”

Both resolutions fall under the board’s Growth and Sustainability goal, which establishes a deliberate and realistic approach to address growth and mobility while preserving our environment and healthy communities.
October 12
​Wake County Closes Emergency Operations Center

With the Tropical Storm Michael no longer a threat to residents, Wake County closed its Emergency Operations Center at 8 a.m. today.

This decision comes after the county closed its emergency shelter at Southeast Raleigh High School at 6 a.m. today, and transported guests to the Red Cross shelter at Garner United Methodist Church or provided them with alternative services.

Although the EOC is closing for this storm, Emergency Management staff will continue to work with partner agencies to monitor cleanup from the hurricane and the restoration of power. At this time, there are approximately 35,000 customers in Wake County without power, according to reports from Duke Energy and Wake Electric.

Safety tips

Michael brought high winds and heavy rain to our area. If you come to a roadway where there is standing or moving water, do not drive through it. Drive around it.

If you encounter downed trees and power lines, do not try to move them. Find another way to get where you need to go.

If you come to an intersection and the traffic signal is not functioning correctly, treat it as a four-way stop. The first vehicle to arrive has the right of way. If two vehicles arrive at the same time, the one to the right proceeds first.

County services

If any county facilities or services are unable to open as regularly scheduled due to storm impacts, the county will share that information on its website, wakegov.com, and on its social media accounts.

October 12
​Wake County Closes Emergency Shelter

Now that Tropical Storm Michael has exited our area, Wake County has closed its emergency shelter at Southeast Raleigh High School.

The shelter guests were transported this morning to the Red Cross shelter at Garner United Methodist Church or provided with alternate services.

The Wake County shelter housed nine guests and a companion animal, providing them with warm meals, a safe place to sleep and medical services, as needed.

Driving conditions

The county urges residents, as they prepare to leave for work or school this morning, to use caution. High winds and rain knocked down trees and power lines overnight, and not all of them may be cleared yet.

If drivers come to an intersection and the traffic signal is not functioning correctly, treat it as a four-way stop. The first vehicle to arrive has the right of way. If two vehicles arrive at the same time, the one to the right proceeds first.

County services

If any county facilities or services are unable to open as regularly scheduled due to storm impacts, the county will share that information on its website, wakegov.com, and on its social media accounts.

Wake County residents who have non-emergency questions or issues can contact Wake County at 919-856-7044.

Members of the media who need to contact the Communications Office staff member on duty in the Wake County Emergency Operations Center should call 919-856-7036 or email communications@wakegov.com.

Find more emergency safety tips and sign up for emergency alerts from Wake County at ReadyWake.com.

October 11
​Wake County to Open Shelter in Response to Tropical Storm Michael

Due to the anticipated effects of Tropical Storm Michael, Wake County will open an emergency shelter at noon today, Thursday, Oct. 11, at Southeast Raleigh High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh.

People taking shelter should bring:

  • Prescription medications
  • Items such as eye glasses, contact lens solution, hearing aid batteries, etc.
  • Extra clothing
  • Items for infants/young children, such as formula, diapers, bottles, etc.
  • Cash
  • Identification cards

The shelter is pet friendly. Pet owners should bring all the items they need for their pet’s care, including crates, leashes, pet food, cat litter and pans, etc.

Wake County continues to monitor weather conditions from the Emergency Operations Center.

Wake County residents who have non-emergency questions or issues can contact Wake County at 919-856-7044.

Members of the media who need to contact the Communications Office staff member on duty in the Wake County Emergency Operations Center should call 919-856-7036 or email communications@wakegov.com.

October 11
View the Latest Tropical Storm Michael Information

View updated information on Wake County's response to Tropical Storm Michael at wakegov.com/hurricane.​

October 11
​Wake County Activates Emergency Operations Center

Wake County has activated its Emergency Operations Center to prepare to respond to potential impacts of Hurricane Michael.

Wake County Emergency Management reminds people to:

  • Monitor news reports and weather forecasts.
  • Be ready to leave home, if necessary.
  • Take your home emergency kit with you if you evacuate, including any prescription medications you may need. If you don’t have an emergency kit or communication plan, it’s not too late to create them.
  • Stay away from floodwaters.
  • Do not walk or drive through flooded areas. You or your car could be swept away.

Wake County residents who have non-emergency questions or issues can contact Wake County at 919-856-7044.

Find more emergency safety tips and sign up for emergency alerts from Wake County at ReadyWake.com.

October 11
​Early Voting for the November Election Begins Oct. 17

Voter registration deadline is October 12

Early voting for the November 6 election begins Wednesday, Oct. 17, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 3, in Wake County. Voter lines and wait times are generally the shortest during the first days of early voting.

The voter registration deadline for Wake County residents is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12. Wake County’s voter registration deadline was not extended due to impacts of Hurricane Florence.

The Wake County Board of Elections offers an interactive map to help people find the early voting site closest to them. Enter your address, and you’ll find site details, voting dates and hours, and driving directions. During early voting, you may vote at any voting site.

The full schedule of locations, dates and times for early voting in Wake County can be found at WakeVotesEarly.com. See the attached Know Before You Go! voter guide for more important dates and information.

For other voting information, contact the Wake County Board of Elections at 919-856-6240 or visit WakeVotesEarly.com
October 10
​Wake County Urges Residents to Update Emergency Plans and Kits

With Hurricane Michael tracking toward North Carolina, Wake County Emergency Management staff urge residents to update their emergency plans and kits.

“Based on the current forecast, this hurricane has the potential to bring strong wind gusts and heavy rain to Wake County, which could lead to downed trees and power lines and flooding,” said Wake County Deputy Fire Services Director Josh Creighton who oversees emergency management efforts. “People are encouraged to have their emergency kits ready—and be sure they are restocked if they used them during Florence.”

An emergency kit should contain enough non-perishable food and a gallon of water per person per day to last three to seven days. Other essential items include:

  • Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag;
  • First-aid kit;
  • Weather radio and batteries;
  • Supply of prescription medicines;
  • Sleeping bag or blankets;
  • Changes of clothes;
  • Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant;
  • Cash or checkbook;
  • Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, medications, ID tags, muzzle, first aid kit and vaccination records; and
  • A plan for those under your care who are unable to help themselves.
Wake County residents are also encouraged to sign up to receive ReadyWake emergency alerts. They can choose to get important information delivered directly to them by text, email or phone. Learn more at readywake.com
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