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As you prepare your home for the impending hurricane, be mindful of outdoor furniture, grills and any items that can be blown around by strong winds.  Make sure you have flashlights, batteries, water, and other essentials.  Be ready for potential power outages that may last for hours.  Don’t run portable generators indoors. Even in an open…
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Wake Forest continues preparations for Hurricane Florence

The Town of Wake Forest continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence. Town crews are conducting safety briefings and working to secure Town facilities. Crews from Police, Fire, Wake Forest Power and Public Works are on standby and ready to respond to any problems that arise. Vehicles and equipment have been fueled and checked for essential supplies and supply inventories have been reviewed.

Once the storm comes ashore, it is expected to bring with it high winds, torrential rains and possible flooding. Residents are urged to bring in rollout garbage and recycling carts and other light-weight items no later than Thursday morning to ensure that those items do not become unintended and harmful projectiles.

In anticipation of the heavy rain, the City of Raleigh is lowering the level of the Wake Forest Reservoir.

Openings & Closings
For now, all Town facilities are open and operating according to their normal schedules. Town officials are following the storm’s track and speed to assess whether any closings may become necessary.

PRCR & Senior Center Schedules
All Thursday and Friday Northern Wake Senior Center classes at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., and Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., have been canceled.

For now, all PRCR-sponsored baseball and softball games will be played as scheduled.

Event Cancellations
Town officials have canceled or postponed all weekend events in Wake Forest, including Music at Midday (Sept. 13); Friday Night on White (Sept. 14); Good Neighbor Day (Sept. 15); and Exploring the Heritage of the Ailey Young House (Sept. 16). The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre has also canceled the first weekend of Forest Moon’s Presentation of “Crimes of the Heart” (Sept. 14-16). For more information about each of these events, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search for the event name.

Solid Waste Collection
Republic Services will beginThursday’s garbage and recycling collection at 6 a.m., an hour earlier than usual, to provide crews with additional time to reach the recycling center, which will close earlier than normal.

Republic is working on contingency plans for Friday and beyond – but it is likely garbage and recycling will be suspended Friday.

Beginning Friday, yard waste collection will be suspended until further notice. Residents should not set out yard waste to minimize the chances of any uncollected debris clogging storm drains.

If Your Power Goes Out

  • To report power outages:

    • Wake Forest Power customers call 919-761-7899;

    • Wake Electric customers call 919-863-6499 or 800-743-3155;

    • Duke Energy Progress customers call 800-419-6356.

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food usually stays frozen about 48 hours. A refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out.

  • Do not connect a generator directly to your home’s electrical system. It is dangerous to you, your neighbors and utility workers. Follow manufacturer’s directions regarding connecting appliances directly to your generator.

  • Restoring power after a storm can be challenging, as travel conditions are poor. Before power can be restored, crews first assess damage and determine which crews, equipment and supplies will be needed to make repairs. Because of this, customers may see damage assessors patrolling their neighborhoods before crews arrive to begin work.

  • Crews prioritize work to ensure the largest number of customers are restored as quickly as possible. Essential services, such as hospitals and emergency response facilities, are the first priority.

  • If you lose power, turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This helps with restoration efforts because it reduces the immediate demand on power lines when power is restored.

  • Once your power is restored, please wait a few minutes before turning your equipment back on.

Reporting Downed Trees
To report downed trees, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/report-a-problem.aspx or call 919-435-9570.

If you encounter trees downed during storms on roads, sidewalks or other public areas, contact the Town rather than trying to handle them on your own. In addition to being heavy and difficult to manage, trees and limbs often come into contact with dangerous, live electrical wires which can cause serious injury or death.

Please do not call 911 unless there is an emergency posing an immediate threat to life, health, or property.

Water & Sewer
The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) operates and maintains the water and sewer system that serves Wake Forest. CORPUD operates two water treatment plants and three wastewater treatment plants. These plants are equipped with generators capable of maintaining operations during extended power outages. The drinking water distribution system hasa robust back-up system that allows water to flow from many locations, so water outages – even in major storm events – are rare and often localized. Toilets will also continue to function normally and do not require electric power to operate.

Even though you may still have water and wastewater service, water conservation during power outages is a good idea. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering, and limit the amount of toilet flushing. As a precaution, customers should prepare by storing 1-2 gallons of tap water per person in clean household containers which can be refrigerated if desired.

In the event of a loss of water, call 919-996-3245 and select option #1 to report the outage. Public Utilities also utilizes a customer notification system that contacts customers in the event of water or wastewater service emergencies via landline telephone, text message or email.

Closely monitor local news sources and www.raleighnc.gov for storm updates and additional information.

Emergency Shelters
Wake County Emergency Management, in cooperation with Wake County Human Services and theAmerican Red Cross, opens emergency shelters when disasters force citizens to evacuate.

No shelter locations have yet been announced in response to Hurricane Florence. The Town will publicize shelter locations when they become available.

Clear Storm Drains
Public Works personnel are clearing obstructions from storm drains along local streets and roadways. You can assist in this effort and help prevent flooding by clearing debris from storm drains along your streets.

Street Flooding Hazards
The following Wake Forest-area streets are prone to flooding and should be approached cautiously during significant rainfall events:

  • Durham Road/NC-98,Richland Creek

  • East Juniper Avenue near North Allen Road

  • East Juniper Avenue near North White Street

  • Forestville Road, Toms Creek

  • Forestville Road, Sanford Creek

  • Harris Road, Richland Creek

  • Heritage Heights Lane, 1300 Block

  • Jenkins Road, Horse Creek

  • Ligon Mill Road, Smith Creek

  • Ligon Mill Road, Toms Creek

  • North Main Street, Walnut Avenue to Cedar Avenue

  • North White Street, Juniper Street to Flaherty Avenue

  • Oak Grove Church Road, Dunn Creek

  • Purnell Road at Jackson Road, Horse Creek

  • Purnell Road, Mud Branch

  • Rogers Road, Sanford Creek

  • Rogers Road, Smith Creek

  • West Oak Avenue, Richland Creek

  • Wait Avenue, Dunn Creek

  • Wall Road, Wallridge Drive to Harris Road

  • Watkins Farm Road at Young Street

Public Safety tips if you experience rising water where you are:

  • Immediately seek higher ground

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

  • Do not park in low-lying areas.

  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, leave the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly. REMEMBER – TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

Stay Off the Roads
Finally, once Hurricane Florence comes through Wake Forest, please stay off the roadways. When you venture out on the roads, you not only put yourself at risk, but you also put others in jeopardy. Then, if you are involved in an accident, police officers and first responders are at risk. You can help yourself, your neighbors, law enforcement and first responders by simply staying off the roads.

Stay Informed
During severe weather events, the Town will issue regular updates through a variety of means. To stay informed residents can:

Wake Forest residents urged to provide contact information for town-to-resident notification system

The Town of Wake Forest utilizes the Blackboard Connect town-to-resident phone notification service to communicate with residents regarding time-sensitive incidents, including planned and unforeseen public safety matters.

Blackboard Connect allows officials to record, send and track personalized voice messages to Wake Forest residents, businesses and local agencies in just minutes, through a single phone call. The Town can also deliver messages to subscribed residents via email and/or cell phone text message.

Town administrators can also target messages to an unlimited number of groups, including participants in Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources athletic leagues, and use maps on the Blackboard Connect system to contact specific geographical locations, sending messages only to the residents within select neighborhoods when needed.

Publicly available primary residential and business phones in Wake Forest were automatically included in the system when the Town transitioned to Blackboard Connect in 2015, but many of those numbers are outdated. In addition, cell phone numbers and email addresses were not included.

In anticipation of Hurricane Florence, all residents are encouraged to opt-in and provide their complete contact information, including cell phone numbers and email, by visiting www.wakeforestnc.gov/phone-notification-system.aspx and clicking on the “Sign Up Now” Blackboard Connect logo.

“We only use Blackboard Connect to notify residents regarding important, time-sensitive issues, such as road closures, flooding, power outages or any other issue that may potentially pose a threat to safety,” said Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree. “We recognize that most people don’t like being inundated with random telephone calls, so we only schedule calls when we deem it absolutely necessary.”

Residents who do not wish to receive phone notifications from the Town may opt out of the system by emailing their telephone number to bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov and typing “Blackboard Connect Opt Out” in the subject line.

For more information about the Blackboard Connect town-to-resident phone notification service, contact Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov.

Weekend events canceled or postponed due to Hurricane Florence

Due to Hurricane Florence, the Town of Wake Forest is cancelling or postponing the following events: Music at Midday (Sept. 13); Friday Night on White (Sept. 14); Good Neighbor Day (Sept. 15); and Exploring the Heritage of the Ailey Young House (Sept. 16). The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is also cancelling the first weekend of Forest Moon’s Presentation of “Crimes of the Heart” (Sept. 14-16).

Please note the following about each of these events:

  • Music at Midday will resume on Thursday, Sept. 20.

  • The final Friday Night on White of 2018 will not be rescheduled. The free outdoor music series will resume in April 2019.

  • Good Neighbor Day has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22.

  • “Exploring the Heritage of the Ailey Young House” has been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7.

  • The second weekend of Forest Moon Theater’s presentation of “Crimes of the Heart” will proceed as scheduled Friday-Sunday, Sept. 21-23. Additional showings may also be scheduled and will be announced as soon as details have been arranged. In the meantime, anyone who purchased tickets for the Sept. 14-16 shows will receive refunds. For more information, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

With most forecast models for Hurricane Florence calling for high winds and major flooding, Town officials made the decision to cancel or postpone these events out of concern for public safety. Once the hurricane makes landfall and continues to the Wake Forest area, it is critically important for residents to stay off the roadways. When residents venture out on the roads, they not only put themselves at risk, but they also put others in jeopardy. Then, if they are involved in an accident, police officers and first responders are at risk. Area residents can help themselves, their neighbors, law enforcement and first responders by simply staying off the roads.

For weather-related updates, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/severe-weather-updates.aspx.

Wake Forest PAFR earns financial reporting award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) recently named the Town of Wake Forest as the recipient of the GFOA’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for its Citizens’ Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local popular reports. To receive the honor, a government unit must publish a Citizens Financial Report, also known as a Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), whose contents conform to program standards of creativity, presentation, understandability and reader appeal.

The Citizens Financial Report, or PAFR, is prepared to inform Wake Forest residents about the Town’s finances in a format that is easy to understand by those without a background in public finance or accounting. The document is designed for readers who would like to review financial and operational information in a summarized format. It also provides non-financial information to give users a better understanding of the community. To view the Town’s 2017 PAFR, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/popular-annual-financial-report.aspx.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting is valid for a period of one year. The Town of Wake Forest received the award for the first time with its initial submission to GFOA for consideration.

The GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of over 19,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington D.C.

For more information, contact Chief Financial Officer Aileen Staples at 919-435-9461 or astaples@wakeforestnc.gov.

Pool Closes

This is the last day to take a dip.

Controlled burn exercise Tuesday along North Main Street

The Wake Forest Fire Department (WFFD) will conduct a controlled burn exercise at 1047 N. Main St., Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

During the exercise, a portion of Barnford Mill Road in the vicinity of North Main Street will be closed. The closure will impact the entrance and exit of The Meadows subdivision, but the Harris Road entrance and exit will not be affected.

The WFFD attempts to conduct controlled burns in a manner that minimizes smoke impact to nearby roadways and neighborhoods. However, heavy amounts of smoke and ash are expected. Residents and businesses adjacent to the area are encouraged to keep windows closed during the burn.

For more information, call the Wake Forest Fire Department at 919-556-1966.

Pool Party

Catered Event with a DJ

PRCR extends application deadline for Parks & Greenways Bench Donation Program

Earlier this year, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department introduced a Bench Donation Program for Town-maintained parks and greenways.

The initiative allows the PRCR Department, through donor funding, to install benches in and along Town parks and greenways in areas that have been identified as appropriate and suitable. The program also offers a unique and meaningful wayfor area residents to honor and remember friends and loved ones, promote their company, recognize a civic group, or commemorate a special event.

The PRCR Department is accepting applications and payments for the next round of bench installations through 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

The averagecostof each bench is $1,200-$1,800 and includes installation and a donor inscription. Donations may be tax-deductible.

For complete details, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “bench donation” or contact Park SuperintendentJosh Gloverat 919-554-6184 or jglover@wakeforestnc.gov.

Please note: The PRCR Department is not responsible for replacing benches in the event they are stolen or damaged due to normal wear and tear, natural disaster or vandalism.

Still time to help sponsor “The Wall That Heals” in Wake Forest

The Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation continues to seek community assistance to help cover expenses associated with bringing “The Wall That Heals” to Wake Forest.

A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall That Heals (TWTH) is coming to E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be available 24-hours-a-day beginning 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, through 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

Financial support from local businesses and individuals is needed to help cover the cost of bringing TWTH to Wake Forest. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $7,500 and include an array of benefits. Each sponsorship level is designed to allow sponsors to reach a huge audience as thousands of visitors are expected to visit Wake Forest during the four-day exhibit.

Local businesses and individuals can donate via check or onlinevia PayPal at www.wakeforestnc.gov/the-wall-that-heals.aspx. Checks should be made payable to “Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation” and include “The Wall That Heals” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, PO Box 168, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

TWTH honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

The only town in North Carolina scheduled to host the exhibit in 2018, Wake Forest will be among the first to host a new, larger exhibit, which includes a three-quarter scale Wall replica that is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/the-wall-that-heals.aspx or contact Crystal Carlson at ccarlson@susaf.org.