News from Representative Rouzer


Dear Friends,

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

As of Monday, Hurricane Florence has been upgraded to a category 4 hurricane and will strengthen in the coming days.  According to forecasts, Hurricane Florence is on track to make landfall on Thursday with heavy rain, flooding and winds beginning on Thursday and going into the weekend.  As our region prepares for heavy rain, the threat of storm surge and inland flooding are extremely likely.  High winds with the ability to cause power outages and widespread tree damage are also likely to occur. 



In addition to taking the following precautions below, please continue to monitor local weather forecasts and news stations for updates as the track and severity of Florence may change.

Residents in Southeastern North Carolina are urged to take the following precautions while preparing for Hurricane Florence:

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;
  • Gather important documents and take inventory of your property and belongings;

  • 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.

Our four offices in Bolivia, Wilmington, Four Oaks and Washington, D.C. are continuing to monitor Hurricane Florence 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 Four Oaks 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 Florence please check Ready NC’s website at


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