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-Information courtesy the City of Henderson
Due to the current track of Hurricane Isaias and its anticipated impact on Vance County, the Mayor of the City of Henderson and the Chairman of the Vance County Board of Commissioners have declared a State of Emergency for Henderson, NC.
Of note in the proclamation, a vehicle curfew may be enacted in the event of significant power outages, fallen power lines, and road blockage(s), due to fallen trees and flooding. Such a curfew would be in effect from 8 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020, until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The curfew will not be officially enacted until/if public safety officials and the delegated authority(s) find that such conditions exist. The time frame may be extended pursuant to the authority delegated.
As of the time of this posting (approximately 2:30 p.m. on August 3, 2020), a vehicle curfew is not in effect.
Below is the proclamation in its entirety:
PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
The following Proclamation is issued by the Mayor of the City of Henderson and the Chairman of the Vance County Board of Commissioners:
WHEREAS, information from the National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other sources indicate that Hurricane Isaias is tracking towards the State of NC; and
WHEREAS, there is a high probability that the storm will track inland very close to Vance County, and
WHEREAS, Vance County is likely to receive heavy rain and strong winds associated with this tropical event, and
WHEREAS, these conditions could potentially cause travel and other hazards, power outages and present a clear and present danger to life and property, and
WHEREAS, Article 1A of Chapter 166A of the North Carolina General Statutes, and more specifically N.C. Gen. Stat. 166A-19.22, authorizes counties and municipalities to declare a state of emergency and exercise the powers and duties set forth therein to direct and aid in the response to and mitigation against emergencies; and
WHEREAS, the undersigned, in accordance with and on the basis of the foregoing, finds that an emergency exists within Vance County, North Carolina, and its municipalities, due to the threat of Hurricane Isaias, and further finds that it is necessary and appropriate to exercise the authority cited hereinabove by issuing this Declaration in order to address said emergency and to protect the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Vance County.
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority contained in Article 1 of N.C.G.S. Chapter 166A, Article 36A of N.C.G.S. Chapter 14, Title II Chapter 10-8 of the City of Henderson Code of Ordinances and Vance County Ordinance #17, State of Emergency, I, Eddie Ellington, Mayor of the City of Henderson, and I, Gordon Wilder, Chairman of the Vance County Board of Commissioners do hereby proclaim that a State of Emergency exists within the County of Vance, the City of Henderson, and all other municipalities and townships located within Vance County.
I further proclaim that the restrictions set forth below, pursuant to Article 1 of NCGS Chapter 166A, Title II Chapter 10–8 of the City of Henderson Code of Ordinances, and the Vance County Ordinance #17, State of Emergency, are necessary in order to maintain an acceptable level of public order, services, and protection of lives, safety and property during this emergency, and that the same shall be in effect within the City of Henderson, County of Vance and all municipalities and townships, until this Proclamation is rescinded. I hereby order all City and County law enforcement officers and employees and all other emergency management personnel subject to my control to cooperate in the enforcement and implementation of the emergency ordinances set forth below.
General Emergency Protective and Control Measures and operations to support the same shall be implemented as determined to be necessary for the health, safety and protection of our citizens.
Vehicle Curfew: In the event of significant power outages, fallen power lines, and road blockage(s), due to fallen trees and flooding, a curfew will be in effect from 8:00 p.m. Monday the 3rd day of August until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, the 4th day of August, 2020 for the City of Henderson only. The curfew will not be enacted until public safety officials and the delegated authority(s) find the conditions in this section exist. This time frame may be extended pursuant to the authority delegated. General Recommendations: All persons residing or present within the jurisdiction are highly encouraged to comply with all recommendations issued by local officials during the state of emergency.
All law enforcement officers and employees and all other departments, officers, agents, employees, and personnel employed by or subject to the control of the City of Henderson and/or Vance County are directed to cooperate in the enforcement and implementation of the provisions of this Declaration and of all applicable provisions of local ordinances, state and federal laws and emergency declarations, and the Vance County Emergency Operations Plan.
The City of Henderson and Vance County recognize and acknowledge that it is likely to incur substantial economic damage from the issuance of this Declaration and does hereby request that they receive any and all available federal and state financial aid and other assistance for which they may be eligible in connection with the same.
I further proclaim that the Emergency Operations Plan adopted by the City of Henderson and County of Vance, and all applicable mutual assistance compacts and agreements are in effect and shall remain in effect until this proclamation expires or is rescinded. All emergency personnel are hereby ordered to cooperate in the implementation of the provisions of the Emergency Operations Plan and all applicable mutual assistance compacts and agreements, and to furnish assistance thereunder.
I direct that copies of this Proclamation be disseminated to the mass communications media for publication and broadcast, and that a copy of this Proclamation be posted in City Hall as well as the Vance County Courthouse and other public buildings as appropriate.
This Proclamation shall be effective immediately and shall remain in effect until rescinded.
Proclaimed this the 3rd day of August 2020.
Eddie Ellington, Mayor of Henderson
Gordon Wilder, Chairman of the Vance County Board of Commissioners