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Heel Talk

Jun 1, 2020

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' P-EBT program, which aims to help North Carolinians combat food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, will provide families across the state with additional food benefits. Host Evely Forte and City-State reporter Elizabeth Egan talk about the new program and the work of local organizations attempting to feed families impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic. Summer Online Editor Meredith Radford also breaks down how the state is preparing for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season, which officially begins today, and what residents can do to individually prepare. This episode was co-edited and co-produced by Evely Forte and Meredith Radford. Reporting by Elizabeth Egan and Meredith Radford. 

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Resources for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season:

  • Know Your Zone is a tool that allows people in North Carolina to see what evacuation zone they are in based on a street address.
  • You can sign up for OC Alerts, which will help you to stay updated on emergency information here in Orange County. 
  • For alerts from the national weather service, you can download the FEMA app.
  • For more information on hurricane and emergency preparedness in NC, you can visit
  • Visit for information on preparing emergency kits, sheltering and other emergency preparedness information.
  • The Red Cross is still offering First Aid and CPR courses that anyone in the community can take. They can be found on the website.
  • To donate blood or find information on local blood drives, visit
  • For COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, visit the CDC website.