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This Week at NCDOT: Emergency Drone Launches in NC, Hurricane Season Begins


​​​​R​ALEIGH ​​​– The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.

Nation's First Emergency Drone Launch for Hospital Pandemic

The nation’s first emergency drone operation for a hospital pandemic response launched this week in North Carolina. 

The Federal Aviation Administration granted Novant Health a waiver to begin delivering personal protective equipment and other critical medical supplies to its healthcare network in the Charlotte area.

The drone operation is being launched as part of an NCDOT program. This operation is expected to expand in later phases this summer.

First Week of Hurricane Season

Hurricane season began this week and officials are urging you and your family to discuss emergency plans and update emergency supplies.

Go to the department’s website and search "storm FAQ" for tips on storm preparations, potential evacuation details, and current traffic information.

More Information on COVID-19

It continues to be important to know where you can find the most reliable information about COVID-19.

North Carolina is frequently updating its COVID-19 website. The website contains the latest data about the virus, where to find testing sites, public health guidance for businesses and employers and how to apply for unemployment assistance.

NCDOT continues to also provide COVID-19 updates and those can be found on our website.​


6/18/2020 9:28 AM