FEMA in Fayetteville preparing for Hurricane Matthew

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — FEMA is pooling its resources from across the country and bringing them to Fayetteville in preparation for Hurricane Matthew.

For days, officials with FEMA have been in Raleigh and Fayetteville prepping for the storm.

Wednesday, trucks from across the country were pulling into Fort Bragg, where FEMA is setting up a base of operations.

The trucks are stocked with cots, water, meals, blankets and other emergency items.

Matt Wiedemer is a liaison officer based out of FEMA’s region 3 in Philadelphia, but he’s working Fayetteville this week in response to the storm.

“We’re not sure where it’s going to make impact, so we need to be prepared to bring any of these resources to any impacted states along the coasts,” he said.

Wiedemer says Fayetteville is a centralized location to possibly effected areas.

“We’ve been working very closely with the state in preparation for the storm,” said Libby Turner.

Turner is the Federal Coordinator Officer for FEMA, this week she is working out of Raleigh.

Turner says it’s impossible to know exactly how this storm will impact the area, but FEMA’s goal is to be ready for whatever Hurricane Matthew brings.

“Our role is to support the state in their efforts and the whole of community as we come together to serve survivors,” she said

As well as tangible resources FEMA will bring mobile communication centers to affected regions that will give people the chance to apply for assistance after the storm.

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