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Animal Services Adoption Event

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ANIMAL SERVICES TO HOST “BACK TO SCHOOL” ADOPTION EVENT

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 30, 2013)—Orange County’s Animal Services is promoting reduced adoption fees for the month of August. Adoption fees for cats and dogs will be reduced by nearly 50% for a ‘Back to School’ adoption event.

As summer comes to an end, Animal Services is inviting people to consider adding a new friend into their homes.  Cat fees have been reduced to $50 and dog fees have been reduced to $60.  As always, the animals still come fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered and vet checked!  Optional microchips are available for an additional $25.

Visit Animal Services online at www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices to see photos of all adoptable dogs and cats and check out the department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OCASpets for highlights of certain animals throughout the month.  The animals can also be visited on site at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. 

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SERVICIOS DE ANIMALES OFRECE EVENTO DE ADOPCIÓN

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (20 de julio 2013)—Los Servicios de Animales del Condado de Orange reduce el cobro de adopción para el mes de agosto. El cobro para adoptar gatos y perros se reduce casi el 50% para el evento de adopción “Vuelta a la Escuela.”

Con el fin del verano, los Servicios de Animales invita a la gente a considerar trayendo un nuevo amigo a casa. El cobro para adoptar un gato se reduce a $50 y el cobro para adoptar un perro se reduce a $60. Como siempre ᵢlos animales llegan con todas sus vacunas, castrado o capado, y revisado por un veterinario! Ponerle un microchip es opcional y vale $25 más. 

Visite a los Servicios de Animales en su página web en el www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices para ver fotos de todos los gatos y perros disponibles para adopción y mire la página en Facebook en el www.facebook.com/OCASpets para ver algunos animales. Se puede visitar a los animales en persona en 1601 Eubanks Road en Chapel Hill. 

 

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SBA Assistance Center Closed

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.6135

Cell: 919.332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES SBA ASSISTANCE CENTER IS CLOSED 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 26, 2013)—The Orange County Emergency Services Department is announcing the Flood Assistance Center is closed.

Residents who were impacted by the flood on June 30, 2013, can continue to request financial assistance through the Small Business Administration (SBA) until Friday, September 13.

Those who are not eligible for SBA assistance, will receive a follow up from the North Carolina Emergency Management office, which will explain the option for state grants.

For more information or to contact the SBA Customer Service Center, please call  

800.659.2955 or visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela 

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CONDADO DE ORANGE ANUNCIA QUE EL CENTRO DE ASISTENCIA ESTÁ CERRADO

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (26 de julio 2013)—El Departamento de los Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Orange anuncia que el Centro de Asistencia para gente afectada por la inundación está cerrada.

Residentes afectados por la inundación del 20 de junio 2013 pueden seguir pidiendo ayuda financiera a través de la Administración de Pequeños Negocias Pequeños de los Estados Unidos (“SBA” por sus siglas en inglés) hasta el viernes, 13 de septiembre.

Los que no reúnen los requisitos para pedir ayuda al SBA recibirán una visita de la Administración de Emergencia de Carolina del Norte para explicar las opciones para ayuda financiera del estado.

Para más información o para ponerse en contacto con el Centro de Atención al Cliente del SBA, favor de llamar al 800.659.2955 o visitar a la página de web https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela     

                                                                                         

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Bus Transit Public Outreach Meeting

Media Contact

Abigaile Pittman, AICP

Transportation/Land Use Planner

Phone: 919.245.2567

apittman@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY TO HOST SERIES OF PUBLIC OUTREACH MEETINGS ON

 BUS TRANSIT SERVICES

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 22, 2013)—The Orange County Planning and Inspections Department in partnership with Triangle Transit will host a series of public outreach meetings to discuss options for new, expanded and existing bus services outlined in the Orange County Bus and Rail Investment Plan.

Bus routes for public input will include rural service routes, regional service routes and the Hillsborough Circulator. The public can share comments and ask questions during the following public outreach meetings:  

 

                            Date/Time                                   Meeting Locations

 

      August 5, 2013                         Fairview Community Policing Center, Fairview    

      5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.              Park, 501 Rainey Avenue, Hillsborough

                                                                     

      August 8, 2013                         Northern Human Services Center, Cafeteria,

      5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.              Cedar Grove Park, 5800, NC Hwy. 86

      August 13, 2013                       Efland-Cheeks Community Center

      6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.              117 Richmond Road, Efland

      August 14, 2013                       Mebane Arts and Community Center 

      5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.              633 Corregidor St., Mebane

 

The purpose of the outreach is to answer questions, such as Whom should these services be designed for? Where do people want to go? When do people want to make these trips? and How often should services be provided?

Answers to these questions will assist Orange County in the design of future services.

The meetings will be conducted in an “Open House” format, so members of the public can feel free to arrive at their leisure.  A presentation may be made a couple of times during the course of the evening to best accommodate attendees. 

 

Information regarding these public outreach meetings will also be posted online at http://triangletransit.org/news/ and http://orangecountync.gov/planning/index.asp

For directions or more information, please contact Abigaile Pittman, AICP, Transportation/Land Use Planner, Planning and Inspections Department, at 919.245.2567.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE INVITA AL PÚBLICO A REUNIONES ACERCA DE

SERVICIOS DE BUS

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (22 de julio 2013)—El Departamento de Planificación  e Inspecciones del Condado de Orange junto con Triangle Transit tendrá reuniones públicas para hablar de nuevas opciones para los servicios de bus detallados en el Plan de Inversión en Buses y Trenes del Condado de Orange.

Las rutas de bus donde el público puede opinar incluyen rutas rurales, rutas de la región, y el Hillsborough Circulator. El público puede comentar y hacer preguntas durante las siguientes reuniones:

 

 Fecha/Hora                                                       Lugar de Reunión

 

5 de agosto,                             2013 Fairview Community Policing Center                    
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.               Fairview Park, 501 Rainey Avenue, Hillsborough

                                                           

8 de agosto, 2013                     Northern Human Services Center, Cafeteria

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.               Cedar Grove Park, 5800, NC Hwy. 86

13 de agosto, 2013                   Efland-Cheeks Community Center

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.               117 Richmond Road, Efland

14 de agosto, 2013                   Mebane Arts and Community Center 

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.               633 Corregidor St., Mebane

 

El objetivo de estas reuniones es para contestar preguntas como ¿Para quien deberían están diseñados estos servicios? ¿Adónde quiere ir la gente? ¿Cuándo quiere la gente hacer estos viajes? ¿Cuán a menudo deberían pasar los buses?

Las respuestas a estas preguntas ayudarán al Condado de Orange a diseñar servicios en el futuro.

Estas reuniones se hacen de una forma flexible, así que los miembros del público pueden llegar en cualquier momento durante las horas de la reunión. Habrá una presentación que se repite un par de veces para informar a la gente cuando llegue.

Información acerca de estas reuniones públicas también se puede ver por Internet en http://triangletransit.org/news/ y http://orangecountync.gov/planning/index.asp

Para direcciones o más información, favor de ponerse en Contacto con Abigaile Pittman, AICP, Planificadora de Transporte/Uso de Terreno, Departamento de Planificación  e Inspecciones, al 919.245.2567.

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County to Administer State Flood Grants

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.6135

Cell: 919.332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TO ADMINISTER STATE GRANT FUNDS FOR

FLOOD SURVIVORS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 18, 2013)—The Orange County Department of Social Services (DSS) is announcing it will work with state officials to administer state grant funds for eligible flood survivors.

Families who have experienced losses will need to complete the application process with state officials who are available at the Disaster Outreach Center located at the University Mall in Chapel Hill. After they have completed the application process, state and local officials will work together to develop an individualized plan for assistance based on identified needs and available resources.

The Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center will accept applications for loans to assist homeowners and renters with repairs or replacement of damaged or destroyed structures.

Storm survivors who do not qualify for a federal loan may be eligible for a state grant. Those dollars will be available through the Orange County Department of Social Services.

“We want to make every effort to streamline the process of assisting our residents with accessing funds they need to expedite the recovery from this unfortunate situation,” said Nancy Coston, director of Orange County DSS.  “As part of Orange County’s response to the flood, social workers from our agency have been working with more than 100 affected families. By coordinating with North Carolina Emergency Management, we will be able to maximize the available resources from Orange County, the state, the local nonprofits and the generous donors who have offered to help.”

“Orange County staff has been extremely responsive to those impacted by the recent flood,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry.  “They have been busy working with relief agencies and gathering all the necessary information from the flood survivors to help expedite any state and federal financial aid. This proactive approach will serve as a model for other communities as they recover from disasters.”

The Disaster Outreach Center can be reached at 919.903.0676. Members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community can call 800.877.8339.

Individuals and businesses unable to visit the Disaster Outreach Center can complete applications via the SBA Customer Service Center at 800.659.2955 or apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela 

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CONDADO DE ORANGE ADMINISTRA FONDOS ESTATALES PARA SUPERVIVIENTES DE INUNDACIÓN

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (18 de julio 2013)—El Departamento de Servicios Sociales del Condado de Orange anuncia que trabajará con funcionarios estatales para administrar fondos para supervivientes de la inundación que reúnen los requisitos.

Familias que han sufrido pérdidas necesitan cumplir un proceso de aplicación con funcionarios del estado que están disponibles en el Centro de Desastre en University Mall en Chapel Hill. Después de cumplir el proceso de aplicación, funcionarios estatales y locales trabajarán juntos para desarrollar un plan de ayuda individualizado a base de las necesidades identificadas y los recursos disponibles.

El Centro de Préstamos para Desastres de la Administración de Negocios Pequeños acepta aplicaciones para préstamos para ayudar a los dueños e inquilinos de casas donde es necesario hacer reparaciones o construir de nuevo estructuras dañadas o destruidas. 

Supervivientes de la tormenta que no cualifican para un préstamo federal podrían cualificar para un préstamo del estado. Estos fondos están disponibles a través del Departamento de Servicios Sociales del Condado de Orange.

“Queremos hacer cualquier esfuerzo para simplificar el proceso de ayudar a nuestros residentes a acceder fondos que necesitan para recuperarse rápidamente de esta situación desafortunada,” dijo Nancy Coston, directora del Departamento de Servicios Sociales del Condado de Orange. “Como parte de la respuesta del Condado de Orange a la inundación, trabajadores sociales de nuestro departamento han estado trabajando con más de 100 familias afectadas. Coordinando con la Administración de Emergencia de Carolina del Norte, podremos acceder al máximo los recursos disponibles del Condado de Orange, el estado, organizaciones locales sin ánimo de lucro, y donantes generosos que ofrecen su ayuda.”

“El personal del Condado de Orange han respondido muy bien a los afectados de la inundación reciente,” dijo el director de la Administración de Emergencia de Carolina del Norte Mike Sprayberry.  “Ha estado ocupado trabajando con agencias de ayuda y juntando toda la información necesaria de los supervivientes de la inundación para facilitar el proceso de ayuda del gobierno estatal y federal. Esta respuesta proactiva sirve como modelo para otras comunidades recuperándose de un desastre.”

El Centro de Desastre se puede llamar al 919.903.0676. Gente sorda o que tiene dificultades de audición puede llamar al 800.877.8339.

Individuos y negocios que no pueden visitar al Centro de Desastre pueden hacer la aplicación a través del Centro de Servicio al Cliente de la Administración de Negocios Pequeños al 800.659.2955 o aplicar por Internet en https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela  

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County Confirms Eighth Positive Rabies Case

Media Contact

Irene Phipps, Animal Control Manager

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.942.7387, ext. 207

iphipps@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES EIGHTH POSITIVE RABIES TEST FOR 2013

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 17, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department received its eighth positive rabies result of the year, from the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. Last year, the County recorded 12 positive cases.

The case originated on Tuesday, July 16, when a Chapel Hill resident’s dog attacked a raccoon while they were walking on her property, injuring it.  The resident had spotted the raccoon moving slowly under her porch earlier that morning, but it retreated into the woods after noticing her.  After the attack, the resident called Orange County Animal Control to remove the raccoon for testing.

“Prevention is the best measure for effective rabies control,” said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services.  “Ensuring cats, dogs and ferrets are current on their rabies vaccinations is one of the most important responsibilities of a pet owner, since it can quite literally be the difference between life and death.” 

Fortunately, the dog in this case was currently vaccinated against rabies and will receive a booster shot pursuant to North Carolina statute.  According to the state’s rabies law, if there is “a reasonable suspicion of exposure,” a dog or cat with a current vaccination must receive a booster shot within 120 hours (5 days).  By contrast, an unvaccinated animal must either be destroyed or quarantined for a period of six (6) months.

A Communicable Disease Nurse from the Orange County Health Department is contacting the family to evaluate the resident’s risk of rabies exposure. At issue is whether there is the possibility of secondary exposure from the resident handling her own dog after the incident.  A decision about the post-exposure prophylaxis that protects people from rabies is based upon an assessment of all the factors involved in this type situation.

Rabies is rooted in reservoir species, such as raccoons and bats. If there is any possibility of exposure, citizens should immediately call Animal Control or 9-1-1.

 

 

2013 LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC SCHEDULE

The 2013 Low-Cost ($10) Rabies Vaccination Clinics are underway and the next clinic will take place on Thursday, July 18, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill.  The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10.  Microchips will also be offered at this clinic for $25.  For future clinic dates, please visit

www. orangecountync.gov/animalservices 

For more information, please call Orange County Animal Services at 919.942.7387.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It is a law in North Carolina that dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months must have a current and valid rabies vaccination at all times
  • Orange County’s ordinance also requires that all pets wear a rabies vaccination tag
  • Pets with current rabies vaccinations that may have been exposed to rabies must be revaccinated within five days (120 hours) or they will be treated as unvaccinated pets
  • Unvaccinated pets that may have been exposed to rabies must either be destroyed or quarantined at a veterinary office for six months at the owner’s expense
  • Rabies can be transmitted through secondary exposure as well, so do not touch your animal without gloves if it has had any possible exposure to a rabies vector
  • If a rabies suspect is alive, do not attempt to capture the animal.  Keep visual contact with the animal until Animal Control arrives. 
  • If you discover a bat inside your house, be sure not to release it, but do remove yourself and any animals from the area
  • Always call Animal Control immediately if you find a bat in your home even if there is no evidence of a bite.  

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CONDADO DE ORANGE RECIBE LA OCTAVA PRUEBA POSITIVA DE RABIA EN 2013

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (17 de julio 2013)-- El Departamento de Servicios de Animales del Condado de Orange recibió su octava prueba positiva de la rabia este año del Laboratorio Estatal de Salud Pública. El año pasado, el Condado recibió 12 casos positivos.

El caso ocurrió el martes, 16 de julio cuando el perro de un residente de Chapel Hill atacó un mapache mientras andaba en su propiedad y lo hirió. El residente había visto al mapache caminando lentamente por la mañana bajo su porche pero se retiró al bosque al verla. Después del ataque, el residente llamo al Control de Animales del Condado de Orange para llevar el mapache para hacer pruebas.

“Prevención es la mejor forma de controlar la rabia,” dijo Bob Marotto, director de Los Servicios de Animales. “Asegurándose que sus gatos, perros, y hurones reciben sus vacunas actuales contra la rabia es una de las responsabilidades más importantes de un amo de mascotas porque literalmente puede marcar la diferencia entre la vida y la muerte.”

Afortunadamente, en este caso el perro tenía la vacuna actual contra la rabia y recibirá  una dosis de refuerzo según la ley de Carolina del Norte. Según la ley estatal de la rabia, si existe “una sospecha razonable de exposición,” un perro o gato vacunado tiene que recibir una dosis de refuerzo dentro de 120 horas (5 días). A un animal que le falta la vacuna actual o tiene que ser sacrificado o estar en cuarentena durante 6 meses.

Una enfermera de enfermedades comunicables del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Orange contactó a la familia para evaluar su nivel de riesgo al estar expuesta a la rabia. La cuestión es si existe la posibilidad de una exposición secundaria por haber tocado al perro después del incidente. La decisión acerca del tratamiento que protege a la gente tras estar expuesta a la rabia se basa en todos los factores de la situación.

La rabia vive en ciertas especies como los mapaches y los murciélagos. Si existe ALGUNA posibilidad de exposición, uno debería llamar inmediatamente al Control de Animales o al 9-1-1.

 

HORARIO DE LA CLINICA DE BAJO COSTO PARA VACUNAS CONTRA LA RABIA

Hay clínicas de bajo costo ($10) para las vacunas contra la rabia y la próxima será el jueves, 18 de julio desde las 3:00 de la tarde-5:00 de la tarde en el Centro de Servicios de Animales en Chapel Hill. La vacuna cuesta $10. También se ofrece microchips para su mascota por $25. Para fechas de clínicas en el futuro, favor de visitar la página de web www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

Para más información, favor de llamar a los Servicios de Animales del Condado de Orange al 919.942.7387.

¿SABÍA UD.?

  • Es la ley de Carolina del Norte que a los perros, gatos, y hurones con más de 4 meses edad se les pone una vacuna contra la rabia que este actual y válida siempre.  
  • El reglamento del Condado de Orange también requiere que todas las mascotas tengan puesto una plaquita de identificación (“tag” en inglés) que incluye información actual sobre sus vacunas.
  • Mascotas con sus vacunas actuales contra la rabia que han sido expuestas a la rabia tienen que ser vacunadas de nuevo dentro de 5 días (120 horas) o se considerarán mascotas no vacunadas.
  • Mascotas no vacunadas que han sido expuestas a la rabia o tienen que ser sacrificadas o en cuarentena con un veterinario durante 6 meses pagado por el amo.
  • La rabia se puede transmitir a través de la exposición secundaria también así que no toque a su mascota sin guantes si existe la posibilidad de exposición a la rabia.
  • Si el animal que posiblemente tenga rabia esté vivo, no trate de capturar al animal. Mantenga el contacto visual con el animal hasta que venga el Control de Animales.
  • Si Ud. descubre un murciélago en su casa, no lo suelte pero sí quítese Ud. y a cualquier animal del área donde está el murciélago.
  • Siempre llame al Control de Animales inmediatamente si Ud. encuentre un murciélago en su casa aunque no haya señales de una mordida.

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Governor Declares Aid for Flood Survivors

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.6135

Cell: 919.332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL AID FOR FLOOD SURVIVORS

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center to Open in Chapel Hill

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 17, 2013)—Governor Pat McCrory announced today financial assistance is available for survivors who suffered damages from the severe thunderstorms and flash flooding that struck Orange and adjoining counties on June 30. The aid is a result of the governor’s request for a disaster declaration by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

“The storms that moved through Orange County and surrounding areas caused severe damage to many communities,” said Governor McCrory. “While I’m inspired by the resilience of those who have been impacted, we want to make all resources available for recovery efforts. We requested this assistance to get the people and businesses of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and surrounding areas back on their feet.”

McCrory sent the request for assistance to the SBA last week. Today, he proclaimed a state disaster declaration enabling those who do not qualify for SBA loans to seek state funds to help them to recover.

While Orange is the only county that meets the threshold for SBA assistance, residents and business owners in the surrounding counties of Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, and Person counties can also apply for the federal assistance.

“We’re going to do everything we can to help residents in these communities recover as quickly as possible,” said Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan. “Recovery teams from the SBA and North Carolina Emergency Management will be at the disaster outreach center to help individuals complete their applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program and explain the application process.”

A U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open on Friday, July 19, at the University Mall located at 201 S. Estes Drive in Chapel Hill.

Hours of Operation

Friday, July 19 open 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 20 open 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 21: Closed

Next Monday - Thursday open 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Loans up to $200,000 are available through the SBA to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed structures. Homeowners and renters also are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, such as clothing, appliances, etc.  Storm victims in the designated counties who do not qualify for a federal loan may be eligible for a state grant.

Businesses and non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million for physical damage. Working capital loans are also available to small businesses and most private non-profit organizations.

Interest rates are as low as 1.875 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.875 percent for non-profit organizations and four percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.  

Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center can apply via the SBA Customer Service Center at 800.659.2955 or apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community can call 800.877.8339.

Severe storms dumped four to five inches of rain within a few hours, flooding portions of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and other Triangle communities. Damage assessment teams from North Carolina Emergency Management and the SBA helped local officials survey more than 120 flooded homes and businesses in Orange County to determine what may qualify for funding assistance. The level of damage did not meet the threshold for financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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County's First Solar Farm

Media Contact

Steve Brantley

Economic Development Director

Phone: 919.245.2325

sbrantley@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORANGE COUNTY UNVEILS SOLAR FARM THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH STRATA SOLAR 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 16, 2013)—Orange County and Strata Solar are jointly announcing a new solar farm facility that the home-grown company will establish in the County’s White Cross community. 

This action follows the Orange County Board of Commissioners unanimous approval in 2012 to grant a special use permit for the facility. The Orange County Economic Development Department and the Orange County Planning & Inspections Department assisted Strata Solar in this project’s site approval.

The 35-acre solar farm, the first of its size in Orange County, will be located on White Cross Road, near the White Cross Community Center.  Construction began in early July and will last approximately 12 weeks. 

Chief Zoning Manager, Michael Harvey, was instrumental in guiding Strata Solar through the County's land use permitting procedure.

Once completed, this will be a 6-megawatt solar farm, consisting of more than 26,000 solar panels, and capable of powering approximately 750 homes. Additionally, the farm will displace 4,224 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

“Strata Solar is making great strides in bringing solar power to Orange County. White Cross Farm is the first of many projects, and we look forward to continuing to bring long term jobs, local investment, and clean energy to the residents of North Carolina,” said John Morrison Strata’s chief operating officer.

“We are very excited about our relationship with Strata Solar,” said Steve Brantley, director of Orange County’s Economic Development Department.  “The capital investment in Orange County is significant without any requirement for additional school, sewers, roads, or other County services. Orange County and Strata Solar hold the same values at our core – promoting energy independence, job growth, and growing a clean energy base in the County.”

About Strata Solar

Strata Solar LLC is an integrated solar energy company that owns and operates commercial and utility scale solar energy systems.  With over 150 MWs commissioned and a gigawatt under development, Strata is one of the nation’s largest solar integrators.  In addition to turnkey services for the complete design, construction and installation of utility and commercial photovoltaic systems, Strata Solar provides a full array of operations and maintenance and asset management services for developers and solar integrators.  Headquartered in its LEED Silver certified office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Strata Solar is pursuing projects across the southeast and California.

For more information, please visit www.StrataSolar.com or contact Blair Schooff at

bschooff@stratasolar.com

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New Chief Information Officer

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY NAMES CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES DEPARTMENT

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 12, 2013)—The Orange County Manager’s Office is pleased to announce Jim Northrup has been promoted to the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO).  Mr. Northrup has been serving as the Interim CIO, since October of 2012.

Prior to his interim capacity, Northrup served as Operations Manager for the County’s Information Technologies Department for the past seven years.  

During that time, he has led major cost-saving initiatives that include the installation of a new phone system and fiber optic infrastructure used to connect multiple County facilities.  Northrup has also played a critical role in network operations, server and desktop support as well. 

As he transitions into his new role, some of his responsibilities will include redesigning the County’s Web site and implementing the recently adopted Orange County Information Technologies Strategic Plan. 

“I am thrilled to be afforded the opportunity to lead and to collaborate with the management team in order to not only implement emerging trends in Information Technologies, but also to help each County department to deliver excellent customer service to the residents at large,” said Northrup.

Northrup is a 2005 graduate of the Chief Information Officers Certification Program at UNC Chapel Hill and of Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, NC.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE NOMBRA JEFE DE INFORMÁTICA DEL DEPARTAMENTO DE INFORMÁTICA

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (12 de julio 2013)—La Oficina del Administrador del Condado de Orange anuncia que Jim Northrup asciende al puesto de Jefe de Informática. Ha servido como Jefe de Informática Interino desde octubre de 2012.

Antes de ser interino, Northrup sirvió como el Administrador de Operaciones para el Departamento de Informática del Condado de Orange durante siete años.

En ese tiempo, él ha liderado varias iniciativas para reducir gastos incluyendo la instalación de un nuevo sistema telefónico e infraestructura de fibra óptica para conectar varias instalaciones del Condado. Northrup también tuvo un papel importante en las operaciones de red y apoyo para el servidor y computadoras.

Mientras hace la transición a su nuevo puesto, algunas de sus responsabilidades incluyen diseñar una nueva página de web para el Condado e implementar el nuevo Plan Estratégico de Informática del Condado de Orange.

“Estoy emocionado con la oportunidad de liderar y colaborar con el equipo de administración no sólo para implementar las nuevas tendencias de informática pero también para ayudar a cada departamento del condado a proveer un servicio al cliente excelente para los residentes,” dijo Northrup.

Northrup se graduó del Programa de Certificación para Jefes de Informática de UNC Chapel Hill y de Mount Olive College en Mount Olive, Carolina del Norte.

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Flood Assistance Center - New Hours

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.6135

Cell: 919.332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW HOURS FOR
FLOOD ASSISTANCE CENTER

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 11, 2013)—Orange County is announcing the hours of operation for the Assistance Center at the University Mall in Chapel Hill.

Beginning on Friday, July 12, the center will be open Monday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Assistance Center is located at 201 S. Estes Drive inside the mall between Dillard’s and GNC. It will remain open as long as needed. The public can use the Alfredo’s entrance for easier access.

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Economic Development Specialist

Media Contact

Steve Brantley

Economic Development Director

Phone: 919.245.2325

sbrantley@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORANGE COUNTY HIRES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST 

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 10, 2013)—The Orange County Economic Development Department is pleased to announce Ellen Tai will join the team on Monday, July 15, as the new Economic Development Specialist.

Tai joins Orange County with previous work experience at the NC Department of Commerce (NCDOC).  One of her responsibilities at NCDOC included managing the NC Certified Sites Program.  Her professional experience includes business development and brand management in the private sector.  

“Ms. Tai brings strong contacts with the State’s industrial recruiters at the NCDOC and among the statewide economic development ally network of consultants, which will be beneficial for Orange County,” said Steve Brantley director of Economic Development.

Tai will be tasked with furthering economic development in Orange County through communicating with stakeholders, assisting in business retention and expansion, developing a County brand moniker, research, and maintaining information on available commercial property and buildings.

“I am looking forward to working with the businesses in Orange County and providing staff support to various committees and agencies, while assisting with coordinating local conferences, summits and programs aimed at promoting the County’s economic development opportunities,” said Tai.

As the Economic Development Specialist, Tai will also be involved with the Small Business Loan Program, which provides information to potential applicants regarding loans and other sources of funding; and assists applicants with completing and reviewing loan applications.

Tai is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in International Marketing and Advertising.  

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Pet Microchip Clinic

Media Contact

Robert A. Marotto, Director

Orange County Animal Services

Phone: 919.968.2287

bmarotto@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES TO OFFER PET MICROCHIP CLINIC

Orange County, NC (July 8, 2013)—The Orange County Animal Services Department will offer a Microchip Clinic for cats and dogs from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18.

The clinic will take place at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill.  One-year rabies vaccinations will also be offered as part of the event.

Cat and dog microchips will cost $25.00/pet, which includes registration with 24PetWatch’s national database.  Rabies vaccinations will cost $10.00/pet to include a tag and rabies certificate.  Pet owners do not have to pay for both services in order to attend the clinic. 

Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be housed inside of an individual carrier.  Animals that may be nervous or unsettled should be kept inside of a vehicle, until instructed otherwise.

For more information about this and other Animal Services events, please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

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SERVICIOS DE ANIMALES DEL CONDADO DE ORANGE OFRECE EVENTO PARA PONERLE MICROCHIP A MASCOTA

Condado de Orange, Carolina del Norte (8 de julio 2013)—El Departamento de Servicios de Animales del Condado de Orange ofrece un evento para ponerle microchip a los gatos y perros desde las 3:00 de la tarde – 5:00 de la tarde el jueves, 18 de julio.

El evento se hace en el Centro de Servicios de Animales en 1601 Eubanks Road en Chapel Hill. También se ofrecen vacunas anuales de la rabia.

Los microchips de gatos y perros valen $25.00 por mascota e incluye registración en la base de datos nacional “24PetWatch.” Las vacunas de la rabia valen $10.00 por mascota e incluye la plaquita de identificación (“tag” en inglés) y un certificado. Amos de mascotas no tienen que usar ambos servicios para asistir al evento.

Perros tienen que tener correa y gatos transportados individualmente. Animales nerviosos deben quedarse dentro de un vehículo hasta que se le avise que es hora de sacarlo.

Para más información acerca de este evento y otros de los Servicios de Animales, favor de visitar a la página web http://www.orangecountync.gov/animalservices

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Flood Damage Joint Assessment

 

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.6135

Cell: 919.332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Update: 4:45 p.m.

 

JOINT DAMAGE ASSESSMENT MEDIA PROTOCOL

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 8, 2013)—Orange County Emergency Services is announcing the assessment team will gather at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, behind the Wells Fargo in the University Mall parking lot in Chapel Hill.

Media interviews can be conducted either prior to the start or following the completion of the damage assessment (9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.). The media will be allowed to follow the team during the assessment, but interviews will not be allowed at that time.

For more information, please call Orange County Emergency Services at 919.245.6135.

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Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.6135

Cell: 919.332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PREPARES TO CONDUCT JOINT ASSESSMENT OF FLOOD DAMAGES FOR LOW INTEREST LOAN QUALIFICATION

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 8, 2013)—Orange County is announcing representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (USSBA), NC Emergency Management, and Orange County Emergency Services in conjunction with the Town of Chapel Hill and Town of Carrboro will conduct a joint assessment of the most affected areas of Orange County, to determine the magnitude of damage from the June 30, flooding.

The assessment will take place on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The findings of the joint survey will determine whether there have been sufficient uninsured /underinsured losses to homes and/or businesses to request a USSBA Disaster Loan Declaration, offering low interest loans to qualified applicants. 

For more information, please call Orange County Emergency Services at 919.245.6135.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE SE PREPARA PARA EVALUACIÓN CONJUNTA DE DAÑOS DE INUNDACIÓN PARA CALIFICAR PARA PRÉSTAMO CON INTERESES BAJOS

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (8 de julio 2013)—El Condado de Orange anuncia que representantes de la Administración de Negocios Pequeños de los Estados Unidos (“USSBA” por sus siglas en inglés), la Administración de Emergencia de Carolina del Norte y los Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Orange junto con el Pueblo de Chapel Hill y el Pueblo de Carrboro evaluarán las áreas más afectadas en el Condado de Orange  para determinar el nivel de daños tras la inundación del 30 de junio.

La evaluación será el martes, 9 de julio, 2013. Los resultados de la evaluación conjunta determinarán si hay suficientes daños a casas y/o negocios sin seguro o sin suficiente seguro para poder pedir un Préstamo de Desastre Declarado del USSBA que ofrece préstamos con intereses bajos para los que reúnen los requisitos.

Para más información, favor de contactar a los Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Orange al 919.245.6135.

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Assistance Center Phone Numbers

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY PROVIDES PHONE NUMBERS FOR
FLOOD ASSISTANCE CENTER

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 6, 2013)—Orange County is providing the public with the direct phone numbers for the Assistance Center at the University Mall in Chapel Hill.

Those who have been impacted by the flood can receive assistance seven days a week by calling the following numbers:

919.903.0676

 

919.903.0677

 

919.903.0678

 

919.903.0679

The Assistance Center is located at 201S. Estes Drive inside the mall between Dillard’s and GNC. It will remain open as long as needed. The public can use the Alfredo’s entrance for easier access.

The hours of operation are as follows:

Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE PROVEE NÚMEROS DE TELÉFONO PARA CENTRO DE ASISTENCIA PARA GENTE AFECTADA POR INUNDACIÓN 

CONDADO ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (5 de julio 2013)—El Condado de Orange provee al público los siguientes números de teléfono para el Centro de Asistencia en University Mall en Chapel Hill.

La gente impactada por la inundación puede recibir ayuda cualquier día de la semana llamando a los siguientes números:

919.903.0676

 

919.903.0677

 

919.903.0678

 

919.903.0679

El centro se ubica entre Dillard’s y GNC y se mantendrá abierto el tiempo que sea necesario. El horario es lo siguiente:

lunes – sábado desde 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

domingo desde 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

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Assistance Center for Flood Families

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY ANNOUNCES SHELTER TO TRANSITION TO
ASSISTANCE CENTER FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 5, 2013)—Orange County is announcing that efforts to assist those impacted by the flood will continue as the Red Cross shelter at Smith Middle School transitions to an Assistance Center and moves to a new location.

Beginning on Saturday, July 6, residents displaced from the flood can report to the Assistance Center seven days a week at the University Mall in Chapel Hill. The center will remain open as long as needed and the hours of operation are as follows:

Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Assistance Center will be staffed by the Red Cross, Orange County Department of Social Services, Orange County Housing, Human Relations & Community Development Department, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), and other community organizations. This effort is supported by the Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro and Orange County.

The local governments and the Red Cross have been working together and around the clock to meet the needs of the residents impacted by the flood. Since Sunday, June 30, no residents in need of assistance have been nor will be turned away.

The purpose of the Assistance Center is to provide impacted residents with a one-stop-shop, where they can receive the necessary resources and immediate assistance that will enable them to recover from this flooding emergency.

To date, the Red Cross has provided the following services:

Red Cross Assistance Efforts

Meals Served = 770

Snacks Served = 2122

Overnight Shelter Stays = 102

Bulk Items Distributed (clean up kits, toiletry items, basic needs) = 309

A total of 55 families contacted through outreach teams

Community Partners

Catholic Charities

El Centro Hispano

Rotary Peace Fellows/UNC

Salvation Army

Southern Baptist Men Disaster Relief

Southern Village Pharmacy

 American Red Cross
24-Hour Help Line: 919.489.6541 ext. 4141

 

Important Orange County Phone Numbers

Animal Services: 919.942.7387

Emergency Services: 919.245.6100

Department of Social Services: 919.245.2800

Department of Housing, Human Rights & Community Development: 919.245.2490

Orange County Health Department: 919.245.2400

Town of Chapel Hill Town Hall: 919.968.2743

Town of Carrboro Town Hall: 919.918.7314

 

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CONDADO DE ORANGE ANUNCIA TRASLADO DEL REFUGIO A CENTRO DE ASISTENCIA PARA VÍCTIMAS DE INUNDACIÓN

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (5 de julio 2013)—El Condado de Orange anuncia que su ayuda a la gente afectada por la inundación seguirá mientras el refugio de la Cruz Roja en Smith Middle School se traslada a un Centro de Asistencia en otro lugar.

Comenzando el sábado, 6 de julio, residentes desplazados por la inundación pueden ir al Centro de Asistencia cualquier día de la semana en University Mall en Chapel Hill. El centro se mantendrá abierto cuanto tiempo sea necesario y su horario es lo siguiente: 

lunes – sábado desde 10:00 de la mañana – 7:00 de la tarde  

domingo desde 1:00 de la tarde  – 6:00 de la tarde 

El personal del Centro de Asistencia viene de la Cruz Roja, el Departamento de Servicios Sociales del Condado de Orange, Viviendas, Derechos Humanos y Desarrollo Comunitario del Condado de Orange, Organizaciones Voluntarias Activas durante Desastres (“VOAD” por sus siglas en inglés), y otras organizaciones comunitarias. El esfuerzo será apoyado por el Pueblo de Chapel Hill, el Pueblo de Carrboro, y el Condado de Orange.

Los gobiernos locales y la Cruz Roja han trabajado juntos y a todas horas del día para cumplir con las necesidades de residentes impactados por la inundación. Desde el domingo, 30 de junio, ningún residente necesitando ayuda ha sido rechazado.

El objetivo del Centro de Asistencia es proveer a los residentes impactados un solo sitio donde pueden recibir los recursos necesarios y asistencia inmediata que les permite recuperar de la inundación.

En este momento, la Cruz Roja ha ayudado con los siguientes servicios:

Asistencia de la Cruz Roja Red

Comidas servidas = 770

Meriendas servidas = 2122

Refugio donde pasar la noche = 102

Artículos al por mayor distribuidos (kits de limpieza, artículos de baño, necesidades básicas) = 309

Un total de 55 familias contactadas a través de los

Organizaciones Colaborando

Caridades católicas

El Centro Hispano

Rotary Peace Fellows/UNC

Salvation Army

Southern Baptist Men Disaster Relief

La Farmacia de Southern Village

  

La Cruz Roja Americana
Línea telefónica de asistencia de 24 horas: 919.489.6541 ext. 4141

Números Importantes del Condado de Orange

Servicios de Animales: 919.942.7387

Servicios de Emergencia: 919.245.6100

Departamento de Servicios Sociales: 919.245.2800

Departamento de Viviendas, Derechos Humanos y Desarrollo Comunitario: 919.245.2490

Departamento de Salud del Condado de Orange: 919.245.2400

Ayuntamiento del pueblo de Chapel Hill: 919.968.2743

Ayuntamiento del pueblo de Carrboro: 919.918.7314

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County Seeking Vacant Rental Properties

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY SEEKING VACANT RENTAL PROPERTIES TO ASSIST
FLOOD VICTIMS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 4, 2013)—The Orange County Housing, Human Rights and Community Development Department continues its efforts to assist residents who have been impacted by the recent floods.

There is an urgent need for available rental property in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area to house those who were displaced by the flood on Sunday, June 30.

If property managers or apartment communities have vacant units available for rent, please contact the Housing, Human Rights and Community Development Department at 919.245.2490.

All properties will be listed in a referral database that will be available to caseworkers assisting flood victims.  

American Red Cross
24-Hour Help Line: 919.489.6541 ext. 4141

The Triangle Chapter of the American Red Cross will continue to operate the shelter at Smith Middle School, located at 9201 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill. Representatives from Red Cross and Orange County Social Services will be available on Friday, July 5, from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. to provide assistance and support to residents affected by the storm.

Important Orange County Phone Numbers

Animal Services: 919.942.7387

Emergency Services: 919.245.6100

Department of Social Services: 919.245.2800

Department of Housing, Human Rights & Community Development: 919.245.2490

Orange County Health Department: 919.245.2400

Town of Chapel Hill Town Hall: 919.968.2743

Town of Carrboro Town Hall: 919.918.7314

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CONDADO DE ORANGE BUSCA PROPIEDADES VACÍAS DE ALQUILER PARA AYUDAR VÍCTIMAS DE INUNDACIÓN

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (4 de julio 2013)—Viviendas, Derechos Humanos y Desarrollo Comunitario del Condado de Orange sigue ayudando a los residentes impactados por las inundaciones recientes.

Existe una necesidad urgente para propiedades de alquiler disponibles en el área de Chapel Hill/Carrboro para alojar a la gente desplazada por la inundación el domingo, 30 de junio.

Si administradores de propiedades o comunidades de apartamentos tienen unidades disponibles para alquiler, favor de contactar a Viviendas, Derechos Humanos y Desarrollo Comunitario al 919.245.2490.

Todas las propiedades se juntarán en una base de datos disponible al personal ayudando a las víctimas de la inundación.

La Cruz Roja Americana
Línea telefónica de asistencia de 24 horas: 919.489.6541 ext. 4141

La sección del Triángulo de la Cruz Roja sigue operando el refugio en Smith Middle School, ubicado en el 9201 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill.

Representantes de la Cruz Roja y los Servicios Sociales del Condado de Orange estarán disponibles el viernes, 5 de julio desde la 10:00 de la mañana – 7:00 de la tarde para ayudar y apoyar a los residentes afectados por la tormenta.

Números Importantes del Condado de Orange

Servicios de Animales: 919.942.7387

Servicios de Emergencia: 919.245.6100

Departamento de Servicios Sociales: 919.245.2800

Departamento de Viviendas, Derechos Humanos y Desarrollo Comunitario: 919.245.2490

Departamento de Salud del Condado de Orange: 919.245.2400

Ayuntamiento del pueblo de Chapel Hill: 919.968.2743

Ayuntamiento del pueblo de Carrboro: 919.918.7314

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Flooding Assistance Update

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY CONTINUES EFFORTS TO ASSIST FLOOD VICTIMS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 3, 2013)—Orange County continues its efforts to respond to the flood situation in a coordinated effort.

The Orange County Health Department is helping business owners and public pool facilities to assess the damage and follow proper steps for cleanup, so they can resume operations as quickly as possible. Additionally, the Health Department is providing homeowners with information and resources for taking care of personal swimming pools, preventing the increase of mosquitoes and other health-related issues. Nurses have also been on site at the shelter to care for displaced residents.

The Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Development is coordinating with the Department of Social Services to provide short and long term housing support for displaced residents.

The Department of Social Services continues to provide social workers to assist staff at the Red Cross shelter. The department is also making sure clothing and personal hygiene items are available for the displaced residents. The department is accepting monetary donations to assist with relocation and replacement of household items for affected families. Money can be sent to the Department of Social Services at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.

Donated items should be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA) Thrift Store located at 89 S. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill  
  • Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM) located at 300 Millstone Drive in Hillsborough.

Both agencies have agreed to allow displaced families to shop for clothes and household items for free.

Important Orange County Phone Numbers

Animal Services: 919.942.7387

Emergency Services: 919.245.6100

Department of Social Services: 919.245.2800

Department of Housing, Human Rights & Community Development: 919.245.2490

Orange County Health Department: 919.245.2400

The Town of Chapel Hill is continuing its efforts to evaluate areas throughout the town that were affected by the recent floods. Clean-up and relief efforts are being diligently pursued to maintain Town services.

Damage assessment teams continued their efforts today inspecting additional homes and businesses impacted by the flood. The State has also deployed a team that will be conducting an initial damage assessment in the affected areas.

Town Parks and Recreation is reporting cleanup is continuing on area Greenways and residents should avoid these areas until they can be restored. The Community Center Playground on Estes Drive has been reopened for use. The Umstead Park Playground along with the Sykes Street Playground will remain closed until further notice.   

To assist with displaced residents, the Triangle Chapter of the American Red Cross will continue to operate the shelter at Smith Middle School, located at 9201 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill.

American Red Cross has established a 24 hour help line for residents in need of immediate assistance or in need of more general flood relief information and/or services. Flood relief victims are urged to call 919.489.6541 ext. 4141. 

Residents in need of assistance can also contact Orange County Social Services at 919.245.2800.

With more rainfall expected within the next 24 hours. Please do not try to drive through standing water, nor walk through moving water. If you suspect danger or need emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1.

As a community effort, if citizens see areas that look questionable or potentially dangerous, please report these issues. You may email (info@townofchapelhill.org) or call (919-968-2743).

After hours emergency media inquiries should be directed to the Chapel Hill Police Watch Commander at 919.612.8240.

Thursday, July 4, all other non-emergency storm/flood related questions as well as media inquiries should be directed to 919.968.2781. 

 

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BOCC

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 3, 2013)—

ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

FOR

Wednesday July 10, 2013

2:00 p.m.

 

The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting (closed session) on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Link Government Services Center, 200 South Cameron Street, in Hillsborough, North Carolina for the purpose of going into closed session “to consider the qualifications, competence, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee,” NCGS § 143-318.11(a)(6); and “To consult with an attorney employed or retained by the public body in order to preserve the attorney‑client privilege between the attorney and the public body, which privilege is hereby acknowledged,” NCGS § 143-318.11 (a) (3).

 

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County Declares State of Emergency 

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AND

CONTINUES EFFORTS TO ASSIST FLOOD VICTIMS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 2, 2013)—The Chair of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners has declared a State of Emergency for Orange County in order to request state funding to assist displaced residents from recent floods.

The declaration is a result of a total of 5.13 inches of rain that caused severe flooding in Chapel Hill and Carrboro on Sunday, June 30.

Meantime, Orange County is responding to the flood situation in a coordinated effort.

 

Emergency Services

  • Activated the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate information and response on Sunday evening.
  • Coordinated with the Red Cross to ‘Activate’ Smith Middle School as a Shelter
  • Contacted volunteer organizations active in disasters (American Red Cross, Baptist Men, Salvation Army, etc.) to support displaced residents
  • Coordinating State Damage Assessment teams for possible Individual Assistance (Short/Long term housing solutions, clothing, medications) to residents.
  • Coordinating damage assessment reports from Carrboro and Chapel Hill
  • Providing an ambulance to be stationed at the Red Cross shelter

 

Animal Services

  • Coordinated pet sheltering for displaced residents
  • Assisted damage assessment teams with displaced animals

 

Social Services

  • Providing social workers to assist staff at the Red Cross shelter
  • Coordinating housing and personal needs for displaced residents

 

Health Department

  • Public outreach on staying safe after a flood and cleanup resources
  • Providing nurses for support at the shelters
  • Inspecting and assessing impacts on restaurants and pools to ensure safety and reopening as quickly as possible

 

Housing, Human Rights and Community Development

  • Coordinating with Department of Social Services to provide short and long term housing support for displaced residents

 

Town of Chapel Hill and Town of Carrboro

The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have dispatched Damage Assessment Teams to the affected areas. They are also coordinating with the Red Cross to provide long/short term shelter needs for displaced residents. Chapel Hill Transit provided these residents with transportation to the shelter.

Rain is expected throughout this evening. Do not attempt to drive through standing water or walk through moving water.

The public can assist the people who have been displaced by the storm. The Red Cross is accepting volunteers.

Monetary donations to assist with relocation and replacement of household items for affected families can be sent to the Department of Social Services at 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.

Donated items should be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA) Thrift Store located at 89 S. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill   
  • Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM) located at 300 Millstone Drive in Hillsborough.

Both agencies have agreed to allow displaced families to shop for clothes and household items for free.

Captain Darshan Patel with Orange County Emergency Services is available for interviews upon request. He can be reached at 919.245.6135.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE DECLARA ESTADO DE EMERGENCIA Y SIGUE ESFUERZOS PARA AYUDAR VÍCTIMAS DE INUNDACIÓN

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (2 de julio 2013)—El Presidente de la Comisión del Condado de Orange declaró un estado de emergencia en el Condado de Orange para pedir al estado recursos para ayudar a los residentes desplazados por la inundación reciente. La declaración se debe a un total de 5.13 pulgadas de lluvia que provocaron inundaciones severas en Chapel Hill y Carrboro el domingo, 30 de junio.

Mientras tanto, el Condado de Orange responde a la situación de la inundación con un esfuerzo coordinado.

 

Servicios de Emergencia

  • Activando el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia para coordinar información y responder el domingo por la tarde.
  • Coordinando con la Cruz Roja para ‘activar’ a Smith Middle School como refugio
  • Contactando organizaciones voluntarias activas en eventos catastróficos (Cruz Roja Americana, “Baptist Men,” “Salvation Army,” etc.) para apoyar a residentes desplazados
  • Coordinando equipos estatales de evaluación de daños para posibles Ayudas Individuales (soluciones de vivienda a corto y largo plazo, ropa, medicamentos) para residentes.
  • Coordinando reportes de evaluaciones de daños en Carrboro y Chapel Hill
  • Proveyendo una ambulancia para estacionarla en el refugio de la Cruz Roja 

Servicios de Animales

  • Coordinando un refugio para mascotas de residentes desplazados
  • Ayudando a los equipos de evaluación de daños con animales desplazados 

Servicios Sociales

  • Proveyendo trabajadores sociales para ayudar al personal del refugio de la Cruz Roja
  • Coordinando viviendas y necesidades personales para residentes desplazados 

Departamento de Salud

  • Comunicaciones públicas sobre la seguridad y recursos para la limpieza después de la inundación
  • Proveyendo enfermeras para ayudar en los refugios
  • Inspeccionando y evaluando el impacto en los restaurantes y piscinas para que estén seguros y abran los más pronto posible 

Viviendas, Derechos Humanos y Desarrolla Comunitaria

  • Coordinando con el Departamento de Servicios Sociales para ofrecer viviendas a corto y largo plazo para residentes desplazados 

Pueblo de Chapel Hill y Peublo de Carrboro

Los pueblos de Chapel Hill y Carrboro mandaron equipos de evaluación de daños a las áreas afectadas. También coordinan con la Cruz Roja para proveer viviendas a corto y largo plazo para residentes desplazados. El Transporte Público de Chapel Hill ofreció transporte a estos residentes al refugio.

Se espera lluvia esta noche. No trate de atravesar charcos hondos en carro ni caminar en agua fluyendo.

El público puede asistir a residentes desplazados por la tormenta. La Cruz Roja acepta voluntarios.

Donaciones de dinero para ayudar con la reubicación y repuesto de artículos de casa para las familias afectadas se pueden mandar al Departamento de Servicios Sociales en 113 Mayo Street in Hillsborough.

Artículos donados se deben dejar en los siguientes sitios:

  • La Tienda PTA en 89 S. Elliott Road en Chapel Hill  
  • Iglesias de Orange con Misión (“OCIM” por sus siglas en ingles) en 300 Millstone Drive en Hillsborough.

Ambas agencias permitirán a las familias desplazadas a buscar ropa y artículos de casa gratis.

Capitán Darshan Patel con los Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Orange está disponible para entrevistas con cita. Se puede poner en contacto con él al 919.245.6135.

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County Invites Public to Discover Yoga 

Media Contact

Lisa Berley, Front Desk Manager

Central Orange Senior Center

Phone: 919.245.2015

lberley@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY INVITES THE PUBLIC TO EXPERIENCE YOGA

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 2, 2013)—The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to discover the GENTLE JOY OF YOGA.

A lively group of older adults is finding yoga as an effective complementary approach to health maintenance.  Whatever your age or physical condition, the practice of yoga has been medically approved for promoting psychological wellbeing as a result of everyday stress and coping with health challenges.

Class begins seated, drawing attention to the breath and proceeds with a total body warm-up stretching upper and lower torso muscles and joints.  Mindful yoga poses are adapted for the chair and for standing.  These target the spine and joint flexibility.  All the poses pair the breath with movement and promote balance in the body. The workout ends in the chair with visual meditation and relaxation.

“Yoga is an ideal form of exercise because its movements are smooth and adaptable offering an opportunity to build bone health and flexibility in the body,” said Lisa Berley with the Department on Aging.

Instructor, Joy Gorntohas been practicing yoga for many years and has taught since May 2011.  She also has a certificate of completion from Duke Integrative Medicine in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors.

Sessions cost $6.00/class and are held at the Central Orange Senior Center in Hillsborough on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. and the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

For more information or to register, please call the Central Orange Senior Center at 919.245.2015 or the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE INVITA AL PÚBLICO A DESCUBRIR YOGA

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (2 de julio 2013)—El Departamento de Envejecimiento del Condado de Orange invita al público al descubrir la alegría de yoga suave.

Un grupo energético de mayores encuentra que yoga es una medida efectiva y complementaria para mantener buena salud. Sea lo que sea su edad o estado físico, la práctica del yoga es medicamente aprobado para promover la salud psicológica, combatiendo el estrés producido por la vida diaria y las complicaciones de salud.

Uno comienza la clase sentado, prestando atención a la respiración y luego estirando los músculos y articulaciones del cuerpo. Posturas de yoga se adaptan para hacerlos sentados o de pie. Se enfoca en la columna y flexibilidad de las articulaciones. Todas las posturas combinan la respiración con movimiento y promueven equilibrio en el cuerpo. Se acaba la sesión en la silla haciendo meditación visual y relajándose.

“Yoga es la forma de ejercicio ideal porque todos los movimientos son suaves y se adaptan para ofrecer la oportunidad de aumentar la salud de los huesos y flexibilidad en el cuerpo,” dice Lisa Berley del Departamento de Envejecimiento.

Instructora, Joy Gorntohas lleva muchos años practicando y enseñando desde mayo de 2011. También tiene un certificado “Yoga Terapéutica para Mayores” de Medicina Integrada de Duke.

Las sesiones valen $6.00/clase y se hacen en el Centro de Tercera Edad de Orange Central (“Central Orange Senior Center”) en Hillsborough los lunes y jueves de 10:00 de la mañana – 10:50 de la mañana y en el Centro Seymour en Chapel Hill los martes de 1:00 de la tarde – 1:50 de la tarde.

Para más información o para registrarse para una clase, favor de llamar al Centro de Tercera Edad de Orange Central al 919.245.2015 o al Centro Seymour al 919.968.2070.

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County to Install Geo-Thermal Systems 

Media Contact

Wayne Fenton, Assistant Director

Asset Management Services

Phone: 919.245.2628      

wfenton@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY PROMOTES ENERGY EFFICIENCY WITH INSTALLATION OF GEO-THERMAL SYSTEMS  

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 2, 2013)—Orange County Asset Management Services is announcing that contractors will begin drilling and installing geo-thermal wells on Monday, July 15.  The wells are being installed in the vicinity of the Farmers’ Market Pavilion and the District Attorney Building.

This project falls in line with the County’s energy efficiency policy and will benefit the Orange County Jail, Historic Courthouse, District Attorney Building, and the Court Street Annex. The geo-thermal systems will result in these facilities experiencing an energy reduction of 30% - 40%. 

The drilling will take 90 – 120 days for completion. As a result, the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market will temporarily relocate from the Market Pavilion to the parking lot in front of the Sheriff’s Department located on East Margaret Lane.   

Parking next to the Market Pavilion and District Attorney’s office will be impacted at various times throughout the drilling process. The public is reminded to use the FREE parking spaces in the parking deck, which can be accessed from the back of the Weaver Street Market.

In keeping with County policy, a cultural resources management firm will be monitoring for significant cultural resources throughout the drilling process. 

“This is a very worthwhile endeavor as geo-thermal systems serve as a heat source, during cold months and as a heat sink in the warmer months, distributing heated or cooled air to the buildings as needed,” said Wayne Fenton Assistant Director of Asset Management Services.

Signs will be posted near the drilling sites to direct foot and vehicle traffic.

For more information, please call Asset Management Services at 919.245.2625.

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CONDADO DE ORANGE PROMUEVE EFICIENCIA ENERGÉTICA CON LA INSTALACIÓN DE SISTEMA GEO-TÉRMICO

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (2 de julio 2013)—Los Servicios de Administración de Bienes del Condado de Orange anuncia que una compañía contratada empieza a perforar e instalar pozos geo-térmicos el lunes, 15 de julio. Los pozos se instalan cerca del Mercado de Granjeros (“Farmer’s Market”) y el edificio del Fiscal de Distrito.

El proyecto forma parte de la política de energía eficiente del Condado y será un beneficio para la Cárcel del Condado de Orange, El Antiguo Juzgado, el edificio del Fiscal de Distrito, y el anexo de la calle del juzgado. Los sistemas geo-térmicos van a reducir el uso de energía de estos edificios por 30-40%.

Las perforaciones tardarán 90-120 días en cumplir. Mientras tanto, el Mercado de Granjeros se cambiará desde el Pabellón de Mercado (“Market Pavilion”) afuera al estacionamiento delante del Departamento de Policía en la calle East Margaret Lane.  

Estacionamiento al lado del Pabellón de Mercado y la oficina del Fiscal de Distrito será impactado durante el proceso de perforar. Se le recuerda al público que hay estacionamiento GRATIS en el garaje de estacionamiento detrás de Weaver Street Market.

Según la política del Condado, una compañía que administra patrimonio cultural estará presente por si se encuentra algo importante durante el proceso de perforar.

“Este es un proyecto que vale la pena porque los sistemas geo-térmicos sirven como fuente de calor durante los meses fríos y disipa calor durante los meses calurosos, distribuyendo aire calentado o enfriado a los edificios como sea necesario,” dijo Wayne Fenton Director Asistente de los Servicios de Administración de Bienes.

Habrá señales puestas cerca del sitio de perforaciones para dirigir tráfico peatonal y tráfico de vehículos.

Para más información, favor de llamar a los Servicios de Administración de Bienes al 919.245.2625.

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Tax Office Live Chat 

Media Contact

Dwane Brinson

Tax Office Director

Phone: 919.245.2725      

dbrinson@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY TAX OFFICE INTRODUCES “LIVE CHAT” OPTION

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 2, 2013)—The Orange County Tax Office is expanding its communication options to include Live Chat. The objective is to continue proactive efforts to improve upon customer service. 

“We have to remember that, while our typical office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., some residents are not able to communicate with us during that time.  The more options we have for residents to communicate with us on a 24-hour schedule, the better our customer service will be,” said Dwane Brinson director of the Tax Office. 

How does Live Chat work?  A resident visits the County’s Web site and accesses the Tax Administration Department page.  He or she clicks on the Live Chat button on the page and is asked to take a pre-chat survey.  Once the survey is completed, the resident enters the live chat queue, where the next available staff member can accept the chat. 

Based on the pre-chat survey, County staff can view the request, prior to acceptance of the chat to make sure he or she has the necessary background to provide assistance. Should a staff member accept a chat conversation and later find he/she cannot assist in the inquiry, the resident can easily be transferred to another staff member.  When transferred, the entire dialogue between the resident and initial County staff member carries over, thereby eliminating the need for a resident to unnecessarily repeat information. 

Staff may not be available to respond 24-hours a day, but at a minimum, residents will have resources to find information or submit messages during non-business hours.  The live chat module allows staff to send hyperlinks to residents, instead of them having to navigate page by page. 

“Many Fortune 500 companies use live chat and we have high hopes that Orange County residents will find this to be rewarding,” added Brinson. 

Residents can use the Live Chat by visiting the County’s Web site at www.orangecountync.gov, click on Departments, Tax Administration, Contact Us.

 

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ADMINISTRACIÓN DE IMPUESTOS DEL CONDADO DE ORANGE PRESENTA LA OPCIÓN DE “CHAT” EN VIVO

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (2 de julio 2013)—La Oficina de Impuestos del Condado de Orange expande sus opciones de comunicación para incluir un “chat” en vivo. El objetivo es seguir sus esfuerzos proactivos para mejorar el servicio al cliente.

“Tenemos que acordarnos que mientras nuestras horas de trabajar son de 8:00 de la mañana – 5:00 de la tarde, algunos residentes no pueden comunicarse con nosotros durante ese tiempo. Cuanto más opciones de comunicación de 24 horas al día tenemos para los residentes, mejor será nuestro servicio al cliente,” dijo Dwane Brinson director de la Oficina de Impuestos.

¿Cómo funciona el chat en vivo? Un residente visita la página de web del Condado y accede la página del Departamento de la Administración de Impuestos. Uno hace clic en el botón de “Live Chat” y aparecen unas preguntas antes de comenzar. Una vez que conteste, el residente entra a la fila del chat en vivo donde la próxima persona del personal disponible puede aceptar el chat.

A base de las preguntas iniciales, personal del Condado puede ver lo que uno pide antes de aceptar el chat para asegurarse que tiene el conocimiento apropiado para poder ayudar. Si una persona del personal acepta un chat y luego encuentra que no puede ayudar, se puede trasladar al residente a otra persona fácilmente. Cuando se hace el traslado incluye el dialogo entero entre el residente y la primera persona, eliminando la necesidad de repetirse.

Puede que el personal no esté disponible para contestar 24 horas al día, pero mínimo habrá recursos para los residentes para encontrar información o enviar mensajes durante las horas que está cerrada la oficina. El modelo de chat en vivo permite al personal mandar enlaces a los residentes en vez de tener que navegar página por página.

“Tenemos altas expectativas que los residentes del Condado de Orange encuentren que utilizando está opción es gratificante,” añadió Brinson.

Residentes pueden usar el chat en vivo visitando a la página de web del Condado www.orangecountync.gov, haciendo clic en “Departments,” luego “Tax Administration.”

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Cleanup Efforts and Displaced Pets

Media Contact

Carla Banks, Director of Public Affairs

Phone: 919.245.2302      

Mobile: 919.475.6650

cbanks@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY OFFERS CLEANUP TIPS AND

ATTEMPTS TO REUNITE PETS WITH RIGHTFUL OWNERS

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 2, 2013)—The Orange County Health Department is providing displaced residents with tips about how to properly cleanup in the aftermath of Sunday’s flooding.

Residents can learn how to decrease their risk of exposure to mold, chemical hazards, and injuries by referring to tips offered by the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/flood/buildings.html#cleaning

This resource also includes information about Electrical Hazards and Household Cleanup.

A separate list of resources and cleanup tips is also being provided at www.orangecountync.gov/health for restaurants and businesses that have been impacted by the flooding.

The Orange County Health Department’s Food and Lodging staff canvassed the affected areas, identifying businesses that were impacted and are providing resources to help them to clean up and reopen as quickly as possible. Additionally, the County’s Environmental Health Services Division is working with the local swimming pool facilities, which need to be drained, cleaned and then refilled, prior to being able to reopen. 

Orange County Animal Services is asking displaced residents to call the department if they are looking for a missing pet.

Currently, Animal Services is trying to find the rightful owner to the following animals that were recovered from the flood waters:

From Rocky Brook Mobile Home Park: Received on July 1, 2013

 

                     Owner Unknown

                500 S Greensboro St. Lot #6, Carrboro, NC

                (3) Chickens removed from overturned pen.

                (1) Red, (1) Black and White, (1) Brown

                #A147313, #A147314, #A147315

                Owner Unknown

                500 S Greensboro St. Lot #10, Carrboro, NC

                (1) Shepherd/Pit mix- male – brown – less than 5 months old #A147307

                (1) Domestic Short Hair cat – white and black – less than 3 months old -  

                #A147310

                 Border Collie mix – female – black – less than 1 years old - #A147308

                Owner Unknown

                500 S Greensboro Street Outside Lot #26

                Domestic Short Hair gray/brown tabby cat – male – adult - #A147311

 

As always, many animals are delivered to Animal Services daily, without identified owners. Pet owners should always check the Web site or shelter for photos, even if a lost pet isn’t included on this list. People will sometimes pick up animals from roads or other areas they feel are unsafe and drive them to Animal Services, so any stray animal that is here could be displaced from a flood or any other event.   

For more information or to reclaim these displaced animals, please call Animal Services at 919.942.7387.

 

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CONDADO DE ORANGE OFRECE MEDIDAS DE LIMPIEZA Y TRATA DE REUNIR MASCOTAS CON AMOS

 

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (2 de julio 2013)—El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Orange ofrece medidas de limpieza a residentes desplazados acerca de como limpiar después de la inundación del domingo pasado.

Residentes pueden aprender como bajar el riesgo de exponerse al moho, peligros químicos, y heridas mirando las medidas que ofrecen los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades en la página de web http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/flood/buildings.html#cleaning

Este recurso también incluye información acerca de peligros eléctricos y limpieza dentro de la casa.

Para restaurantes y negocios impactados por la inundación, hay otra lista de recursos y medidas de limpieza en la página de web www.orangecountync.gov/health

El personal de Comida y Viviendas del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Orange fueron a áreas afectados, identificando negocios impactados y proveyendo recursos necesarios para ayudarlos a limpiar y abrir de nuevo lo más pronto posible. Adicionalmente, la División de Servicios de Salud Ambiental del Condado trabaja con una piscina local que tiene que ser vaciada, limpiada, y llenada de nuevo antes de poder abrir de nuevo. 

Los Servicios de Animales del Condado de Orange piden que los residentes desplazados llamen al departamento si buscan una mascota perdido.

Actualmente, los Servicios de Animales están tratando de encontrar los amos de las siguientes mascotas rescatadas de la inundación:

Del Parque de Trailers Rocky Brook: Recibido el 1 de julio 2013

 

                Amo Desconocido

                500 S Greensboro St. Lot #6, Carrboro, NC

                (3) Gallinas sacadas de una jaula volcada.

                (1) Roja, (1) Negra y Blanca, (1) Café

                #A147313, #A147314, #A147315

               Amo Desconocido

                500 S Greensboro St. Lot #10, Carrboro, NC

  • Perro mezcla de pastor alemán y Pitt bull- varón – café – menos de 5

meses de edad #A147307

     (1) Gato con pelo corto – blanco y negro – menos de 3 meses de edad -                                           #A147310

  • Perra mezcla de Border Collie– hembra – negra – menos de 1 año de edad - #A147308

 

               Amo Desconocido

                500 S Greensboro Street fuera de Lot #26

  • Gato con pelo corto gris/café  – varón – adulto - #A147311

 

Como siempre, muchos animales son entregados a diario a Los Servicios de Animales sin amos identificados. Amos deben siempre mirar la página de web o pasar por el refugio de animales a mirar las fotos aunque su mascota no esté en la lista de arriba. La gente a veces recoge animales de la calle u otras áreas no seguras y los traen a los Servicios de Animales, así que cualquier mascota aquí podría ser uno desplazado por la inundación u otro evento.

Para más información o para reclamar su mascota, favor de llamar a Los Servicios de Animales al 919.942.7387.

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Fourth of July Safety Tips

Media Contact

Captain Darshan Patel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Phone: 919.245.6135

Cell: 919.332.3782

dpatel@orangecountync.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES REMINDS RESIDENTS TO PRACTICE SAFETY FIRST ON JULY FOURTH

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July1, 2013)–The Orange County Emergency Services Department reminds residents that celebrating our Nation’s birthday on July Fourth is a fun, but potentially dangerous time. 

Fireworks and outdoor grills injure and start more than 17,000 fires annually. More than 50% of these fires and injuries happen during the first week of July.

Fireworks can cause injury, even death, if not used properly. Before lighting fireworks, review the fire safety precautions and make sure the fireworks are legal.

Legal fireworks are ground-based and do not travel through the air, spin or explode.  Legal fireworks include: fountains, sparklers, smoke bombs, and trick noisemakers, such as snapping pops.

Illegal fireworks include: bottle rockets, mortars, roman candles, ground spinners, and firecrackers. Although all fireworks are dangerous, these are more dangerous than those permitted by North Carolina Law. Illegal fireworks more often leave the control of the user and cause injury or damage to people and property.

Orange County Emergency Services offers the following tips for a happy and safe Independence Day:

Fireworks Safety

 

  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby
  • Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly
  • Do not wear loose clothing, while using fireworks 
  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks
  • If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it. 
  • Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks
  • If a device is not marked with the contents, direction and a warning label, do not light it.                      
  • Do not allow children to light, handle or set up fireworks

 

Grill Safety

 

  • Grill fires are often caused by gas leaks, blocked tubes and overfilled propane tanks. Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line.  Make sure the venturi tubes - where the air and gas mix - are not blocked.  Do not overfill the propane tank.
  • Do not wear loose clothing, while cooking at a barbecue
  • Be careful when using lighter fluid.  Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flames can flashback up into the container and explode.                     
  •  Keep all matches and lighters away from children
  • Teach your children to immediately report loose matches or lighters to an adult  
  • Supervise children around outdoor grills
  • Dispose of hot coals properly - never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers. 
  • Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas - carbon monoxide will be produced and may result in carbon dioxide poisoning
  • Make sure everyone knows to Stop, Drop and Roll in case his or her clothing does catch fire

 

For more information, please call the Orange County Fire Marshal’s office at 919.245.6100.

 

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SERVICIOS DE EMERGENCIA DEL CONDADO DE ORANGE RECUERDA A LOS RESIDENTES DE ASEGURARSE DE SU SEGURIDAD EL 4 DE JULIO

CONDADO DE ORANGE, CAROLINA DEL NORTE (1 de julio 2013)—Los Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Orange recuerda a los residentes celebrando el cumpleaños de los Estados Unidos que el cuatro de julio es una fiesta divertida pero puede ser peligrosa.

Fuegos artificiales y parrillas afuera hieren y provocan más de 17,000 incendios anualmente. Más del 50% de estas heridas e incendios ocurren durante la primera semana de julio.

Fuegos artificiales pueden causar heridas, hasta pueden provocar una muerte, si no se usan de forma apropiada. Antes de prenderle fuego a los fuegos artificiales, favor de revisar las medidas de precaución para el uso seguro y legal de los fuegos artificiales.

Los fuegos artificiales permitidos se mantienen en el suelo y no vuelan por el aire, giran, ni explotan. Los fuegos artificiales legales incluyen los que parecen fuentes, bombas de humo, que se llevan en la mano como varita o que hacen ruido.

Los fuegos artificiales no permitidos son los que vuelan, giran, o explotan incluyendo los siguientes conocidos por sus nombres en inglés: bottle rockets, mortars, roman candles, ground spinners, and firecrackers. Todos estos fuegos artificiales son peligrosos y más peligrosos de lo que permite la ley de Carolina del Norte. Los que usan fuegos artificiales ilegales no suelen mantenerlos bajo control y pueden herir o dañar a la gente o la propiedad.

Los Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Orange ofrecen las siguientes medidas para pasar un día de independencia seguro y feliz:

Seguridad con Fuegos Artificiales

  • Nunca prenderle fuego a fuegos artificiales dentro de un edificio ni cerca de pasto seco
  • Siempre tener a la mano un cubo de agua y/o un extinguidor
  • Saber como usar un extinguidor
  • No vestirse de ropa suelta mientras usa fuegos artificiales
  • Pararse a unos metros de distancia de los fuegos artificiales prendidos
  • Si un fuego artificial no prende, no se vaya a pararse al lado para investigarlo. Tírele agua encima y échelo a la basura.
  • Siempre leer las instrucciones y avisos en los contenedores de los fuegos artificiales
  • Si un contendor de un fuego artificial no tiene marcado su contenido, direcciones de uso, o aviso, no lo prenda fuego
  • No permitir a los niños prender fuego a, tocar, ni poner los fuegos artificiales

 

Seguridad con Parrillas

  • Incendios de parrillas suelen ser provocados por tener una fuga o escape de gas, tubos bloqueados, o un tanque sobrelleno. Antes de usar la parrilla, averigüe que la conexión entre el tanque de gas y el tubo y que no esté bloqueado donde el gas y el aire se mezclan. No llenar con exceso el tanque de gas.
  • No vestirse de ropa suelta mientras usa la parrilla
  • Tener cuidado usando encendedor líquido. No echar encendedor líquido al fuego porque las llamas pueden extenderse hasta el contenedor y explotar.
  • Mantener todo lo que puede prender fuego fuera del alcance de los niños
  • Enseñar a los niños a decirle a un adulto inmediatamente sin ven fósforos o encendedores sueltos
  • Supervisar a los niños cuando están cerca de una parrilla
  • Disponer del carbón caliente de forma apropiada – nunca ponerlo en contenedores de plástico, papel, o madera. 
  • Nunca cocinar a la parrilla en áreas encerrados - el monóxido de carbono producido puede resultar en la intoxicación de monóxido de carbono
  • Asegurarse que todos saben si su ropa se prende fuego, hay que parar y rodarse por el suelo

 

Para más información, favor de llamar a la oficina del Oficial de Incendios del Condado de Orange al 919.245.6100.

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BOCC

 

Media Contact

Donna Baker

Clerk to the Board of Orange County Commissioners

Phone: 919.245.2130

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ORANGE COUNTY BOCC SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (July 1, 2013)— Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, the Orange County Board of Commissioners provides notice of the following meeting.  A majority of the Orange County Commissioners may attend this event making the event subject to open meetings laws.

A work group has been created to advise the Orange County Board of Commissioners on the design of the County facility in Cedar Grove previously used as the Northern Human Services Center.  The group will meet on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Orange County Environment and Agricultural Center, 306 Revere Road in Hillsborough for an organizational meeting. 

Members of the Orange County Board of Commissioners have been invited to attend Durham Tech’s Annual Appreciation Dinner.  This social event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on Stadium Drive on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill.  A majority of the Orange County Board of Commissioners may attend this event.

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