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September 20
​Storytelling Festival to Fill Park with Imagination and Inspiration

Acclaimed storytellers will gather at Historic Oak View County Park on Saturday, Sept. 29, for the 36th annual Storytelling Festival, presented by Wake County Public Libraries in collaboration with Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. This free event will take place from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Bring chairs or blankets and spend the fall day listening to:

  • Willa Brigham, a two-time Emmy Award-winning host of WRAL’s TV show, “Smart Start,” and an inspirational speaker, storyteller, writer and performing artist.
  • Josh Goforth, whose talents have been featured in the film “Songcatcher” and PBS documentary “Folkways: The Fiddle.”
  • Linda Gorham, an award-winning recording artist who has performed internationally as a storyteller, speaker and workshop leader. 
  • Michael Reno Harrell, an award-winning songwriter, veteran storyteller and entertainer who was a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival and teller-in-residence at the International Storytelling Center. 
  • Wake County’s talented youth librarians, who will present storytimes modeling core practices from Every Child Ready to Read early literacy program.

Families can enjoy stories at three different sites, songs on the wagon shuttle and hands-on learning experiences at the activity tents. Food will be available for purchase.

Storytelling will take place underneath large tents, and the event will occur rain or shine. For more information, contact Brandy Hamilton at brandy.hamilton@wakegov.com or 919-250-1013.

For information on Wake County Public Libraries locations, programs and services, visit wakegov.com/libraries

September 17
Wake County Closes EOC, Declares End to State of Emergency

The Wake County Emergency Operations Center closed today after operating for seven days to coordinate the county’s response to Hurricane Florence. 

Wake County Emergency Management staff activated the EOC on Tuesday, Sept. 11, after the forecast revealed the storm could bring dangerous conditions to the area. Key response agencies assembled to monitor conditions across the county and coordinate response and rescue efforts during and after the hurricane.

Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Jessica Holmes also proclaimed an end to the local state of emergency at 7 p.m. today.

At its peak, Wake County operated six emergency shelters and cared for more than 1,200 people from coastal North Carolina and Wake County.

Emergency management officials continue to monitor conditions throughout the county. We have deployed assistance to other parts of the state and will continue to fulfill requests for support as needed.

September 17
Wake County Emergency Shelters are Closed

​With Florence moving out of the area, all six Wake County emergency centers are now closed and no longer accepting guests.

Yesterday, N.C. Emergency Management transported hundreds of coastal evacuees from Wake County to state-managed shelters in Winston-Salem and Chapel Hill. Remaining evacuees from the coast will be taken to appropriate shelters today once the necessary preparatory steps are taken.

Only a few Wake County residents are still in the shelters. The county will work with them on an individual basis to provide the appropriate housing as needed.

At its peak, the county cared for more than 1,200 shelter residents.

Updates about Wake County’s response to Florence will be shared with local news outlets and on wakegov.com and social media.

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

September 16
​Wake County to Close Emergency Shelters Tomorrow

With the threat of Florence greatly diminished, Wake County plans to close its three remaining emergency shelters on Monday, Sept. 17. Emergency management staff will set a specific time for the closures tomorrow morning.

This decision comes after N.C. Emergency Management brought buses to the shelters at Garner High School, Knightdale High School and Southeast Raleigh High School this afternoon and began moving hundreds of coastal evacuees to state-managed shelters in other counties.

The state is transporting evacuees at:

Garner High School and Southeast Raleigh High School to the shelter at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem; and

Knightdale High School to the shelter at the Friday Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The medically fragile evacuees from the coast will be transported to the appropriate shelters on Monday once the necessary preparatory steps are taken.

Only a few Wake County residents remain in the shelters. The county will work with them on an individual basis to provide the appropriate housing as needed. 

Earlier today, the county bused the residents from the shelters at Heritage High School, Middle Creek High School and Sanderson High School to Knightdale High School as part of a consolidation process. At its peak, the county cared for more than 1,200 shelter residents.

Updates about Wake County shelters will be shared with local news outlets and on wakegov.com and social media.

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

September 16
​Wake County Offices Open Monday, Sept. 17
Wake County offices and locations—with the exception of Athens Drive Public Library—are open for business as regularly scheduled on Monday, Sept. 17.

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

September 16
​El Condado de Wake esta consolidando refugios para residentes locales ya que Florence se está yendo

El Condado de Wake ha estado operando tres refugios de emergencia para los evacuados de la costa y tres albergues adicionales para los residentes del condado. A la altura del huracán Florence, más de 1,000 personas estuvieron refugiados en seis refugios de emergencia en el condado.

Ya que Florence se está yendo del área, la necesidad de servicios de refugio de emergencia local disminuirá mientras que la necesidad de apoyar a los evacuados de la costa se mantendrá.

Para asegurar el mejor uso de los refugios, el Condado de Wake reubicará y consolidará los refugios para los residentes locales. Los refugios de emergencia para las personas evacuadas de la costa en Knightdale High School, Southeast Raleigh High School y Garner Magnet High School permanecerán abiertos pero tienen capacidad limitada en este momento. Los refugios Heritage High School, Middle Creek High School y Sanderson High School cerrarán a las 2 p.m. hoy, 16 de septiembre, y los huéspedes de refugios que aún necesiten refugio serán transportados a Knightdale High School.

Muchos residentes del Condado de Wake han preguntado generosamente cómo pueden ayudar a las personas afectadas por Florence. El condado aprecia todas las ofertas de asistencia, pero no está aceptando donaciones del público en este momento. Para apoyar los esfuerzos de respuesta de Florence en Carolina del Norte, visite el Fondo de Ayuda por Desastres de Carolina del Norte en governor.nc.gov/ o envíe un mensaje de texto con FLORENCE al 20222.

Las últimas noticias sobre los refugios del Condado de Wake serán compartidas con los medios de comunicación locales y en wakegov.com y las redes sociales.

Los residentes del Condado de Wake que tienen preguntas que no son de emergencia pueden llamar al Condado de Wake al 919-856-7044.
September 16
​Wake County consolidates shelters for local residents as Florence moves out

Wake County has been operating three emergency shelters for coastal evacuees, and three additional shelters for county residents. At the height of Hurricane Florence, more than 1,000 people sought refuge at six emergency shelters across the county.

Florence is now moving out of the area and the local need for emergency shelter services will decrease while the need to support coastal evacuees will remain.

To ensure the best use of shelter resources, Wake County will relocate and consolidate the shelters for local residents. The emergency shelters for coastal evacuees at Knightdale High School. Southeast Raleigh High School and Garner Magnet High School have limited capacity and will remain open at this time. The shelters Heritage High School, Middle Creek High School and Sanderson High School will close at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 16, and shelter guests still requiring shelter will be transported to Knightdale High School.

Many Wake County residents have generously asked how they can help people impacted by Florence. While the county appreciates their offers of assistance, it is not accepting donations from the public at this time. To support North Carolina’s Florence response efforts, visit the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund at governor.nc.gov/ or text FLORENCE to 20222.

Updates about Wake County shelters will be shared with local news outlets and on wakegov.com and social media.

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

September 15
​Safety Tips for During and After the Storm

As Wake County continues to experience impacts from Florence, residents should keep the following safety tips in mind.


Food Safety

  • Check the temperature inside your refrigerator and freezer. Discard any perishable food items, such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs or leftovers that have been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two or more hours.
     
  • Check each item separately. Throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture, or feels warm to the touch. 
     
  • Check frozen food for ice crystals. The food in your freezer that partially or completely thawed may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40 degrees F or below.
     
  • Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. This includes raw fruits and vegetables, cartons of milk and eggs.
     
  • Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water.
     
  • Never taste a food to decide if it’s safe. When in doubt, throw it out.


Outdoor Safety

  • If a traffic signal is out, treat the intersection like a four-way stop, giving the right-of-way to the driver on the right.
     
  • Never drive or walk through flood waters. The water may contain chemicals, sewage and other contaminants, and just 12 inches of fast-moving water can carry away a small car.
     
  • Stay away from downed power lines. 
     
  • ​​​Use chainsaws only with proper training and safety equipment. Never operate chainsaws or perform other cutting operations with children or bystanders nearby.


Well Water Safety

  • If your well has been flooded, there is a risk of electrical shock and damage to your well or pump, and flood waters may have contaminated your well.
     
  • If your well has been flooded, Wake County recommends that you do not drink the water from your well until the well has been disinfected and tested for coliform bacteria. 
     
  • It is best to have a registered well contractor inspect and disinfect the well following a flood event. 
     
  • If it is not possible to have a registered well contractor inspect and disinfect the well, follow the guidance of the Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more here.


For more news and updates related to Hurricane Florence in Wake County, visit this website.

Wake County residents who have non-emergency questions or issues can contact Wake County at 919-856-7044.
September 15
​Con el pronóstico de más lluvias, el Condado de Wake les recuerda a los residentes que hay refugios disponibles

A medida que Florence continúa moviéndose lentamente por el área, se espera que genere más lluvia intensa y la posibilidad de inundaciones durante el fin de semana. Los meteorólogos pronostican que el Condado de Wake podría ver de tres a seis pulgadas de lluvia adicional durante los próximos tres días.

¿Qué quiere decir eso para los residentes?  La tormenta todavía no se ha terminado.

Los residentes del Condado de Wake que necesitan refugiarse de los impactos de Florence pueden ir a uno de los refugios que están abiertos y listos para recibirlos:

El Condado de Wake también está operando refugios para cientos de personas evacuadas de la costa. Estos son Knightdale High School, Southeast Raleigh High School y Garner Magnet High School. Estas localidades están llenas actualmente.

Las últimas noticias sobre los refugios del Condado de Wake serán compartidas con los medios de comunicación locales y en wakegov.com y las redes sociales.

Los residentes del Condado de Wake que tienen preguntas que no son de emergencia pueden llamar al Condado de Wake al 919-856-7044.

September 15
​With more rain forecast, Wake County reminds residents about shelters

As Florence continues to slowly move through the area, it’s expected to generate more heavy rain and the potential for flooding over the weekend. Forecasters predict Wake County could see an additional three to six inches of rain over the next three days.

The key takeaway for residents? We’re not done with this storm yet.

Wake County residents who want to seek refuge from the impacts of Florence can go to one of the shelters currently open and ready to receive them at:

Wake County is also operating emergency shelters for hundreds of coastal evacuees at Knightdale High School, Southeast Raleigh High School and Garner Magnet High School. These locations are currently at capacity.

Updates about Wake County shelters will be shared with local news outlets and on this site and social media.

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