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Statewide drill as hurricane season approaches

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LENOIR, NC (WBTV) -

Officials in Caldwell County joined dozens of other counties across the state in a drill to prepare for hurricane season. The so-called "table-top" drill did  not involve actual resources in the field, just officials inside command posts across the state.

In Caldwell County, Emergency Management got together with representatives from the Red Cross, local law enforcement, amateur radio groups and others to practice coordination in a time of disaster.

The drill comes as hurricane season is set to begin on June 1st. This season will mark the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo which cut a swath of destruction from the coast to the mountains as it moved north through the middle of North Carolina.

"I remember it well,' said Kenneth Teague of Caldwell county's Emergency Management office. Teague said the drill on Tuesday was designed to get everyone together who will have to move resources in the event of a storm or major hurricane coming through.

If a hurricane does hit the area this year, the damage could be much like that in Catawba County last summer when flooding rains hit at the end of July.

Officials said the best way to prepare is through drills like this one so they can see what they need to request from the state and other agencies when a disaster strikes.

"Every situation is different, said Joe Getlein of the Red Cross," but you can get into the mindset where you can respond because it's already filed away in your mind what to do."

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