RALEIGH, N.C. -- Governor Roy Cooper has listed Greensboro as one of the staging areas to help prepare emergency crews during Hurricane Irma.

On Thursday, Cooper declared the state under a state of emergency for Hurricane Irma.

Governor Cooper briefed media Thursday afternoon saying it's still too soon to gauge the hurricane's impact, but not too soon to get ready.

He says the state is already setting up staging areas in Asheville, Greensboro and Kinston to prepare emergency crews.

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He says all DOT roadwork will stop Friday evening at 7 p.m. to hopefully help with travel if people want to drive to a safer location.


Gov. Cooper said, “Now is the time to plan for Hurricane Irma.” Cooper held a news conference in Raleigh Wednesday to talk about Hurricane Irma preparations taking place across the state.

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“We will concentrate resources where they will be needed depending upon the track of Hurricane Irma,” said Cooper.

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Cooper spoke on the track and potential impact saying, “There's a lot we don't know, but we do know that it's time for North Carolinians to get ready for Irma.”

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He also said, “We ask you to get ready, update emergency kit, and stay informed on latest Irma updates.”

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Cooper said currently the state is preparing by coordinating with FEMA, local emergency responders, and surrounding states to get ready for Hurricane Irma.

South Carolina is also under a state of emergency at this time.

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Emergency supply kits should contain enough non-perishable food and a gallon of water per person per day to last three to seven days. Other essential items include:
• Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag
• First-aid kit
• Weather radio and batteries
• Supply of prescription medicines
• Sleeping bag or blankets
• Changes of clothes
• Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant
• Cash or checkbook
• Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, muzzle and vaccination records

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