By MARTHA WAGGONER
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina emergency management officials say preparing for hurricanes isn't merely second nature. They are always preparing for major storms, even though a hurricane hasn't made landfall in the state since 2003.
With Hurricane Irene threatening much of the East Coast, North Carolina officials were brushing off and updating those plans Monday. New Hanover County Emergency Management Director Warren Lee says he sent a note to various government agencies, reminding them to review what to do if they can't work out of their offices
because of storm damage.
Spokesman Ernie Seneca at the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety says state emergency officials are making sure that equipment such as generators and computers are working and also checking that they have plenty of food and water.
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