City of Hickory declares official state of emergency

HICKORY, NC (September 14, 2018) — The City of Hickory declared an official state of emergency on Friday, September 14, in preparation for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.

Potential threats from Hurricane Florence include powerful winds and heavy, sustained rainfall, which may result in downed trees, power outages, and localized flooding of low-lying areas.

The emergency declaration activates the Hickory Emergency Operations Plan for all departments.  The declaration also authorizes the City to apply for financial assistance, if needed, through state or federal agencies.

“As we continue to monitor Hurricane Florence and its potential impact on the City of Hickory, we want citizens to know that City leaders and employees are proactively taking steps to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community,” said Mayor Hank Guess. 

The City of Hickory plans to keep citizens informed via media releases, website updates, and social media platforms. Be sure to follow the City of Hickory on Facebook at and on Twitter at @CityofHickory.  To receive important hurricane information and local emergency notifications, please sign up for CodeRED emergency notification alerts under the “How Do I” navigation tab at