Hurricane Florence Announcements for Harnett County

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Hurricane Florence Announcements for Harnett County

Disaster Assistance

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located in the Harnett County Commons Area at 309 West Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Lillington, will close Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Until that time, the DRC will be open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Once the DRC closes in Harnett County, residents may continue to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or going to DisasterAssistance.gov. Residents who have already filed claims may continue to track their claim with FEMA via the website or by using their FEMA claim number.

Anyone who would prefer meeting with FEMA representatives face-to-face may also go to any of the DRC locations currently open in other counties. At the present time, the closest DRC to Harnett County is located at the Cumberland County Department of Social Services at 1225 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville. To view all FEMA DRC locations currently open in North Carolina, go to https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator.

The DRC provides an opportunity for residents to meet face-to-face with FEMA officials, as well as representatives from N.C. Emergency Management and the Small Business Administration, to learn what types of assistance they may be eligible for.

Protect yourself from scams following Hurricane Florence. If a FEMA representative comes to your door, they should be able to show you their FEMA badge that includes a chip and a hologram. If you see something suspicious or have questions, you should call 1-866-720-5721.

Mosquito Control

The majority of the planned aerial mosquito spraying related to Hurricane Florence was completed in Harnett County on October 15, 2018. A small portion of the county will be sprayed tonight (Oct. 16) between the hours of 9 p.m. and 4 a.m., however we anticipate spraying will be completed well before 4 a.m. Only the southwest portion of Harnett County will be sprayed tonight. This includes areas west of Nursery Road and south of Barbecue Church Road and N.C. 27.

The County is conducting aerial mosquito spraying to combat the increased mosquito population resulting from Hurricane Florence and related flooding in Harnett County. Mosquito counts taken following Hurricane Michael were substantial enough in parts of the county to warrant abatement efforts. Spraying will be conducted nightly, weather permitting, until all identified areas have been covered.

Harnett County will receive $296,505 of the $4 million in state funding announced by Governor Roy Cooper to assist counties affected by Hurricane Florence with mosquito control efforts. Additional funding will be allocated for this effort as well. After receiving proposals for aerial mosquito spraying from multiple companies, the County has selected Vector Disease Control International (VCDI) to conduct aerial spraying operations.

The chemical that will be used to spray Harnett County is Dibrom or Naled. You can find information on Naled from the EPA at https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/naled-mosquito-control and from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/zika/vector/aerial-spraying.html.

County officials have been in contact with area beekeepers and organic farmers, and will coordinate spraying to minimize any potential impacts to these populations. Advance notice will be provided to beekeepers and organic growers to allow them to make any preparations they feel to be necessary. If you are a beekeeper or organic grower who has not been in contact with County staff, you may contact the Harnett County Office of the N.C. Cooperative Extension at (910) 893-7530.

In addition to aerial spraying, the Harnett County Health Department encourages residents to do the following to limit their exposure to mosquitoes:

  • Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET or an equivalent when outdoors and use caution when applying to children. Always follow instructions on the product label.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors if possible.
  • Empty any containers with standing water around homes and in yards to reduce the number of places mosquitoes can lay eggs and breed.

The Harnett County Health Department provides free “mosquito dunks” to county residents. These can be placed in standing water to kill any mosquito larvae, are effective for 30 days after being placed, and will cover 100 square feet of surface. To obtain you free mosquito dunks or for more information, visit the Health Department at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Lillington, or call (910) 893-7547 or (910) 893-7550.

Hurricane Donation Sites, Assistance and Benefit Events

If you NEED ASSISTANCE or want to DONATE ITEMS to assist those affected by Hurricane Florence:

Gospel Tabernacle Church at 2015 W. Cumberland St., Dunn, is serving as a donation center, and is open for donations and distribution of donations to residents in need.

Items needed include nonperishable food, bottled water, baby supplies (diapers, wipes and formula), Ensure, dog and cat food, socks (new packs only), underwear (new packs only), batteries, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products.

Friendship Baptist Church at 6778 U.S. 401, Bunnlevel, is partnering with other nonprofit groups and area businesses to assistin repairing homes that were damaged by Hurricane Florence. The church is seeking monetary donations and volunteers to assist with this effort. If you need help, or if you would like to donate or volunteer, contact (910) 893-5901 or (704) 437-1184. Monetary donations should be made to Friendship Baptist Church, P.O. Box 120, Bunnlevel, NC 28323 with "Flo Relief" in the memo.

Road Closures

For the most up-to-date information on road closures in the county along with alternate routes and anticipated reopenings, go to https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/RegionSummary.aspx?co=43.

Storm Debris Disposal in Harnett County

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will pick up storm-related vegetative and C&D debris that is placed in the public right of way of state-maintained roads. Please keep in mind that this debris MUST be storm-related, and MUST be separated by type of debris.

DO NOT put household hazardous waste by the roadside. Harnett County Solid Waste will hold a Household Hazardous Waste collection event Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Anderson Creek Landfill at 1086 Poplar Drive, Anderson Creek. For more information on this event, along with what types of HHW will be accepted, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/482964502181662/.

All of Harnett County's convenience sites accepted household trash, and will accept spoiled food from residents at no cost when they show their Harnett County decal. Anyone who does not have a decal may obtain one from any of the convenience sites with proof of their Harnett County address.

Both County landfills are accepting yard debris, and construction and demolition (C&D) debris. The cost for yard debris is $30 per ton. The cost for C&D is $45 per ton. If you have a major demolition project, please call ahead at (910) 814-6156. Individuals who take these items to the landfill should keep their ticket and document what they brought and where it came from to apply for reimbursement of their tipping fees from FEMA.

The County’s two landfills are:

  • Dunn-Erwin Landfill at 449 Daniels Road, Dunn
  • Anderson Creek Landfill at 1086 Poplar Drive, Spring Lake

For landfill and convenience site locations and hours, as well as additional information about Harnett County Solid Waste, go to http://www.harnett.org/waste/site-locations-staff.asp.

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