FEMA, East Coast States Ready for Earl

As Hurricane Earl prepares to approach North Carolina tonight, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it is preparing for the storm and supporting state and local officials along the East Coast as they work to protect their communities.

FEMA strongly encourages all East Coast residents to take steps now to prepare for severe weather in the coming days.

Governors in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts have declared states of emergency. Governor Jodi Rell of Connecticut has asked for a “pre-landfall” declaration of emergency so the state would be eligible for extra federal funds for public safety and security if necessary.

On the current forecast track, Hurricane Earl, currently a Category 3 hurricane, will pass near the North Carolina Outer Banks tonight and approach southeastern New England Friday.

“We continue to monitor Hurricane Earl and remain in close contact with state and local officials from North Carolina to Maine to ensure they have the resources to respond if needed,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Today needs to be a day of action for those Americans living along the East Coast in potentially impacted communities. ”

FEMA encourage residents along the eastern seaboard to visit Ready.gov and take steps to keep their family safe and secure. The most important thing for people to do right now is to listen to and follow the instruction of their local officials, especially for evacuation orders, according to FEMA.

FEMA maintains supplies across the country to support states in emergency response, and is sending additional supplies to East Coast states, in case they become needed. FEMA said it is moving roughly 400,000 liters of water, 300,000 meals, 54 generators to an Incident Support Base (ISB) location in Ft. Bragg, N.C. About 213,120 meals and 162,000 liters of water, 41 generators, and 12,500 tarps are also being relocated to an Incident Support Base in Westover, Mass.

Federal and other support includes: