On Wednesday, Aug. 18, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency. The Local State of Emergency also applies within the municipal limits of the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the Town of Woodfin, the Town of Black Mountain, the Town of Montreat, and the Town of Biltmore Forest.
With the declaration, Buncombe County Emergency Mangement personnel will implement plans for the prevention of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from any and all emergency situations that may result from the impacts of the storm.
The implementation of such Emergency Management plans will allow sufficient personnel to be mobilized and positioned in order to:
a) Reduce vulnerability of people and property of Buncombe County to damage, injury, and loss of life and property;
b) Prepare for prompt and efficient rescue, care, and treatment of threatened or affected persons;
c) Coordinate with state and federal agencies for the orderly rehabilitation of persons and restoration of property; and
d) Provide for cooperation and coordination of activities relating to emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery among agencies and officials of Buncombe County and with similar agencies and officials of other counties, with state and federal governments, with interstate organizations, and with other private and quasi-official organizations.
The emergency management plan will remain in effect until the declaration expires at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 or is rescinded.
Click here to read the Local State of Emergency.