Aiken, SC (AP) — Aiken officials say they’re putting a freeze on all the office supplies they purchased to help ensure the city’s emergency response to Hurricane Florence is not disrupted.
The city of more than 100,000 residents is dealing with a shortage of supplies and equipment for the response to the storm, which is expected to bring more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain to parts of southern Georgia and the Carolinas.
The Aiken City Council’s Public Works Committee voted Tuesday to freeze supplies that are no longer needed, and officials say their next move will be to purchase them from other cities.
The move comes amid growing concerns about a lack of supplies in the aftermath of the storm.
More than 40,000 people are living in shelters across the region and the U.S. government has urged the public to avoid travel.