News from Representative Rouzer


Dear Friends,

As our state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, I wanted to provide you with an update as well as various resources and hurricane preparedness tips.

Over the last day or so, Hurricane Matthew’s track has shifted further east and is now expected to brush the North Carolina coast on Saturday bringing damaging winds and severe flooding.  Matthew’s track could change again, so please do continue to monitor local weather forecasts for any updates.

On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory issued a state of emergency for 66 North Carolina counties, including many in our 7th District.  As of Wednesday, below is what to expect as it relates to hazards due to Matthew.

Residents, especially near our coasts, are urged to take the following precautions while preparing for Matthew:

Before the storm --

  • Make a kit of emergency supplies for basic survival – including several days worth of food, water, clean air and life-sustaining items such as prescriptions;
  • Make a plan for what you and your family will do in an emergency – map out your route and don’t forget your pets and livestock;
  • Board up windows and doors, secure loose items in your yards or bring them inside;
  • Move your furniture away from doors and windows.  Take photographs of your items should you have to file damage claims after the storm;
  • Fill your car with gasoline and pull out some cash in case banks and ATMs are temporarily closed;
  • Have plywood, nails and screws ready to cover windows and protect your home;
  • Trim trees and shrubs around your home;
  • Close storm shutters;
  • Turn off propane; and,
  • Obey evacuation orders.

During the storm --

  • Do not run water during lighting storms or enter flooded areas or touch electrical equipment if the ground may be wet;
  • If you’ve lost power for more than a few hours, turn off your range, toaster oven, iron and other items to ensure optimal safety for whenever power is restored;
  • Turn off air conditions and water heaters to prevent system overloads;
  • Make sure your generator is grounded;
  • Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors; and,
  • Pay attention to public announcements to ensure drinking water isn’t contaminated.

After the storm –

  • Continue to monitor the NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for any updates on the storm;
  • If you are in need of food, water, clothing, cleaning supplies of minor medical care, please contact the American Red Cross;
  • Inspect your home for damage – take photographs of damage for future claims;
  • Discard any food or water that came into contact with flood water to avoid contamination;
  • Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges; and,
  • Check in with family and neighbors to alert them that you are safe from harm.

For those on and near our coasts, please see the graphic below for hurricane evacuation routes and shelters.

Our four offices in Bolivia, Wilmington, Smithfield and Washington, D.C. are continuing to monitor Hurricane Matthew and stand ready to assist you.  Please call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can reach our Bolivia office by calling (910) 253-6111; our Wilmington office at (910) 395-0202; our Smithfield office at (919) 938-3040 and Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2731.

If there is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.  As a reminder, the telephone number for Duke Energy is (800) 419-6356.

For updates on Hurricane Matthew, please check Ready NC’s website at  You can also download Ready NC’s free mobile app. 

Please stay prepared, continue to monitor weather forecasts, and be safe.



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