On Sept. 28 North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency in anticipation of severe weather brought by Hurricane Ian.
According to an article by WRAL News, Cooper said that the most serious concern North Carolina has is flooding, especially as the storm moves further west.
“We know the potential for landslides in the mountains, and we know from Tropical Storm Fred the devastation it can cause,” Cooper said according to the article.
The State Emergency Response team is moving equipment around North Carolina to prepare, according to the article, and the use of the equipment will depend on how Hurricane Ian evolves.
According to the article, Cooper's plan right now is to activate the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh sometime Sept. 29 and there are plans to move to 24-hour operations on the morning of Sept. 30.
Cooper also authorized the activation of around 80 members of the North Carolina National Guard to assist if they are needed, the article stated.
According to the article, the declaration of a State of Emergency allows leaders to manage a crisis and return things to normal by enabling government leaders to take extra measures, triggering anti-price gouging laws and seeking state or federal funding for disaster response if it is wanted.
Cooper said that it’s a big storm that will bring a lot of rain so state leaders are continuing to track it, according to the article.