Be Prepared for Weather Emergencies
The Town of Hillsborough urges citizens to be prepared in case of a weather emergency.
In preparation for the possibility that Hurricane Dorian will move through the area, town personnel are following standard protocols, including checking and testing equipment that would be needed in the event of a prolonged power outage or downed trees.
Additionally, the gates of the Gold Park dog park will be opened Thursday morning to allow debris to pass through and avoid damage to the fence in the event of flooding. The dog park will be unavailable for use from Thursday morning until the threat of flooding has passed.
The town’s water and sewer system is designed to operate during power outages; however, the community should be prepared for the need to manage for three days on their own in case a situation arises in which water service is disrupted. This preparation should include having enough water for drinking and sanitary uses.
Basic readiness — Basic readiness tips include having adequate supplies of food and water to last several days and putting together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies and copies of critical documents. Portable cell phone chargers also should be charged. Additional information can be found on the Ready Hillsborough page on the town’s website.
Safety tips — Keep in mind that generators, camp stoves and grills should not be used indoors or in garages attached to buildings due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and fire. These should only be used outdoors, with the exhaust facing away from the home and with placement at least 10 feet away from any opening to a building that could draw air in.
Stay informed — Community members are urged to stay informed.
- Sign up for emergency notifications through OC Alerts, ocalertsnc.com. Select the option for notifications from the Town of Hillsborough to receive emergency messages about water and sewer service. Note that Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) provides water and sewer service to the Carrboro and Chapel Hill communities.
- Sign up for news releases from the town.
- Follow the town’s @HillsboroughGov social media on Facebook and Twitter.