Contractors batten down the hatches in preparation for Hurricane Florence

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The forecast path of Hurricane Florence (taken at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12)

As Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas, contractors are preparing for the storm.  Businesses and construction sites are expected to shut down from Wednesday through Friday, after securing their sites and setting construction cranes to rotate freely to withstand 100 mile per hour winds.

Then, after the winds and floods pass, the damage assessment and rebuilding will begin.

It promises to be an intense few days — followed by stresses and rebuilding challenges if the storm is as severe as forecast.

Angela Latino, chair and president of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas, has provided members with links to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency perparadensss page, which you can also access here.

As well, she included a Hurricane Safety Checklist from the Red Cross.

Hurricane Safety Checklist

“The chapter will be suspending our apprenticeship and craft education classes this Wednesday and Thursday at both our Charlotte and Apex buildings, and staff will have the opportunity to prepare their homes on these days as well, but we will be checking our emails throughout the coming days, and we’ll regularly update our website if any other scheduling changes are needed for classes &/or meetings,” she wrote. “We’d appreciate an ‘all’s clear’ from the membership once the danger passes, and hope you will call on us if you need assistance.”

Meanwhile, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) said several of its coastal and inland offices will be closed Sept. 12 through Sept. 14.

“If you are a company that can provide services to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and other federal recovery offices, please let us know so we can provide information to the State and/or FEMA for disaster relief,” NCMBC wrote in a memo.
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“Please be safe. Take care of yourself, your family, your neighbors and your pets.”


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