RALEIGH - The North Carolina Department of Transportation is preparing to respond to Hurricane Earl both on the ground and in cyberspace.
"As we prepare our equipment and crews for whatever Mother Nature has in store we are also making every effort to provide North Carolina residents and visitors the information they need to stay safe," said Transportation Secretary Gene Conti.
In coastal communities, NCDOT crews are making sure that bulldozers and other equipment are ready to go and topped off with fuel. They are also taking inventory of barricades, evacuation and electronic signs as well as holding daily briefings on storm preparations.
While closely monitoring the storm's shifting track, NCDOT is determining where to deploy crews and equipment before and after the storm. It is coordinating with its divisions across the state so that supplemental crews and equipment will be available if necessary.
Ferries have been moved to Stumpy Point and Rodanthe in case the emergency ferry route must be implemented.
NCDOT is also providing real-time information about travel conditions through its Twitter feeds. In an emergency, NCDOT immediately sends out tweets about road closures, flooding, ferry cancellations and evacuation routes.
There are feeds for the northern coastal region, southern coastal region and the ferry system.
A list of all 18 NCDOT Twitter feeds is available by clicking here.
Twitter is accessible on hand-held devices even if traditional telephone service and electricity are disrupted.