Whiteville EOC in operation
When the City of Whiteville designed its new Municipal Building, officials chose to include plans for an emergency operations center (EOC) in the council chambers.
That EOC was opened Tuesday morning, as the city prepares for the possible effects of Hurricane Dorian beginning Wednesday night.
“We’ll be able to have everyone in one room, and have some room to move around,” Hal Lowder, director of Emergency Services said. “It’s a better working environment, I think, while we’re responding to the storm.”
Currently, the city hall is still open for business, Lowder said.
“We’re still doing business as usual,” he said. “You can still pay your water bills, and do business with the city.”
The EOC will not be open to the general public during the emergency, Lowder said.
“People do not need to come to City Hall for assistance,” he said. “If and when the shelters open, that’s where they need to go.
“Today is the day to finalize your plans, and figure out if you’re staying home or evacuating,” Lowder said.