Declaration of a State of Emergency

September 14, 2018: Curfew Set to Expire at Dawn on September 15, 2018 for City Residents

Mayor Chet Mann has declared that the curfew associated with the September 12, 2018 Declaration of a State of Emergency will expire at dawn on Saturday, September 15, 2018 for residents living inside Sanford's city limits.

September 12, 2018: Declaration of a State of Emergency & Curfew Established

Declaration of a State of Emergency The Lee County Board of Commissioners met in an emergency meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 to discuss emergency response plans to the approaching storm, Hurricane Florence.

At this meeting, the Board made a Declaration of a State of Emergency for Lee County including the City of Sanford and the Town of Broadway. The declaration took effect immediately and is set to expire on September 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. unless modified or rescinded.

Read the Declaration of a State of Emergency here.

The State of Emergency declaration was in response to information obtained by Lee County Emergency Services that indicates Hurricane Florence will result in hazardous conditions impacting the population within Lee County, the City of Sanford, and the Town of Broadway.
Due to the imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property in the county, the declaration provides authority to the Chair of the Board of County Commissioners to impose restrictions and prohibitions in Lee County in order to maintain order and protect public health, safety, and welfare and to secure property in our community.

The declaration enacts a county-wide curfew that will begin at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2018. The curfew will remain in effect until rescinded. Update: The curfew has been set to expire on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at dawn.

The curfew provides the following exemptions:

  • police or public safety officers or other government employees engaged in official business; 
  • members, volunteers or employees of an organization providing disaster relief services; medical service providers engaged in the delivery of medical services; 
  • members of the news media engaged in duties essential to providing public information; and 
  • any citizens commuting to or from employment. 
All individuals impacted by the exemption must carry proper identification. All others are encouraged to stay off the roadways and to limit travel so as not to interfere with efforts of emergency responders and repair crews.

The State of Emergency Declaration authorizes County of Lee, City of Sanford, and Town of Broadway Managers to take necessary actions to maintain public order and afford adequate protection for lives, safety or property as needed.