American Red Cross Open Shelters

Eastern NC Red Cross, community partners open shelters, brace for Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH, Sept. 12, 2018 —Red Cross and community partner shelters are opening in Eastern North Carolina in preparation of Hurricane Florence. Shelters will continue to open throughout the day.

“As we watch the storm come closer to the East Coast, our thoughts are with our neighbors. The Red Cross stands ready to serve our community, and we encourage everyone to finalize their safety plans now,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Eastern NC.

Red Cross and Community Partner Shelters:

Alamance County:

    • The Lamb's Chapel
      415 Roxoboro Rd.; Open
      New River, NC 28450

Bertie County:

    • Bertie County Middle School
      652 US 13N; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
      Windsor, NC 27983
    • Colerain Elementary School
      202 North Academy Street; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
      Colerain, NC 27924
    • West Bertie Elementary School
      3734 Governors Rd.; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
      Kelford, NC 27847
  • Beaufort County:
    • Washington High School
      400 Slatestone Rd, Open
      Washington, NC 27889
  • Bladen County:
    • West Bladen High (Medical Needs and pet friendly)
      1600 NC 410 Hwy.; Opens Wednesday Sept. 12 at 12 noon
      Bladenboro, NC 28320
    • East Bladen High
      5600 NC 87 Hwy.; Opens Wednesday Sept. 12 at 12 noon
      Elizabethtown, NC 28337
    • Bladen Lakes School
      9554 Johnsontown Road; Opens Wednesday Sept. 12 at 12 noon
      Elizabethtown, NC 28337
    • East Arcadia School
      21451 NC Hwy 87 East; Opens Wednesday Sept. 12 at 12 noon
      Riegelwood, NC 28456
  • Brunswick County:
    • South Brunswick High School
      280 Cougar Rd.; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
      Southport, NC 28461
    • North Brunswick High School
      114 Scorpion Dr NE; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
      Leland, NC 28451
    • West Brunswick High School
      550 Whiteville Rd NW; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
      Shallotte, NC 28470
  • Chatham County:
    • Chatham Middle School
      2025 S 2nd Avenue Ext.; Opens Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.
      Siler City, NC 27344
    • Northwood High School
      310 Northwood High School Rd.; Opens Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.
      Pittsboro, NC 27312
  • Craven County:
    • Havelock High School
      101 Webb Blvd.; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
      Havelock, NC 28352
    • Brinson Elementary School
      319 Neuse Forest Ave.; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
      New Bern, NC 28560
    • Benn Quinn Elementary School *Pet Friendly*
      4275 Martin Luther King Blvd.; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
      New Bern, NC 28562
    • Farm Life Elementary School
      2000 Farm Life Ave.; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
      Vanceboro, NC 28586
  • Cumberland County: Opening additional shelters Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.
    • National Guard Armory
      3555 Owen Dr.; Open
      Fayetteville, NC 28306
  • Durham County:
    • Hillside High School
      3727 Fayetteville Rd.; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
      Durham, NC 27707
    • Bahama Ruritan Club
      8202 Stagville Rd; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
      Bahama, NC 27503
  • Franklin County:
    • National Guard Armory
      200 S Bickett Blvd; Open
      Louisburg, NC 27549
  • Halifax County:
    • National Guard Armory
      1300 Junior High School Rd.; Open
      Scotland Neck, NC 27847
  • Johnston County:
    • North Johnston Middle School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 pm
      435 Oil Company Rd.
      Micro, NC 27555
    • Benson Middle School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 pm
      1600 North Wall St.
      Benson, NC 27504
    • West Johnston High School (Pet-Friendly) ; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 pm
      3935 Raleigh Rd.
      Benson, NC 27504
  • Lee County:
    • National Guard Armory
      2214 Nash St.; Open
      Sanford, NC 27331
      (Designated for coastal evacuees)
  • Lenoir County: Opening three shelters on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 a.m. (Locations to be provided)
  • Martin County: Opening shelters on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
  • Mecklenburg County: Opening five shelters Wednesday, Sept. 12. Two will open at 8 a.m., followed by two more at 12 noon, and the last one at 4 p.m.
  • Moore County: 
    • Agricultural Building; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m.
      707 Pinehurst Ave.
      Carthage, NC 28327
  • Nash County:
    • Englewood Baptist Church; Open
      1350 S Winstead Ave.
      Rocky Mount, NC 27803
    • Nash Central High School  Pet friendly
      4279 Nash Central High Rd.; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m.
      Rocky Mount, NC 27804
    • Southern Nash High School
      6446 Southern Nash High Rd.
      Bailey, NC 27807
  • New Hanover County:
    • Trask Middle School; Open
      2900 N College Rd.
      Wilmington, NC 28405
  • Onslow County: Opening two shelters on Wednesday, Sept. 12
  • Pamlico County:
    • Pamlico Community College
      5049 NC 306 Highway South; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
      Grantsboro, NC 28529
  • Pasquotank County:
    • Kermit E White Center
      1704 Weeksville Rd.; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
      Elizabeth City, NC 27909
  • Pender County: 
    • Topsail Elementary School
      17385 US-17; Open
      Hampstead, NC 28443
    • Cape Fear Middle School
      1886 NC-133; Open
      Rocky Point, NC 28457
    • Malpass Corners Elementary School
      4992 Malpass Corner Rd.; Open
      Burgaw, NC 28425
    • Burgaw Middle School pet friendly
      500 S Wright St. Open
      Burgaw, NC 28425
  • Pitt County: Opening five shelters on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. Additionally anticipate opening a Special Needs shelter for Pitt residents at the same time.
  • Sampson County:
    • Clinton High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm
      340 Indian Town Rd.
      Clinton, NC 28328
    • Union Elementary School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm
      10400 Taylors Bridge Highway
      Clinton, NC 28328
    • Hobbton Middle School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm
      12081 Hobbton Highway
      Newton Grove, NC 28366
    • Midway High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm
      15274 Spivey’s Corner Highway
      Dunn, NC 28366
    • Lakewood High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm
      245 Lakewood School Rd.
      Salemburg, NC 28385
  • Scotland County:
    • County High School
      Opening Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.
    • National Guard Armory
      1520 South Main St.; Open
      Laurinburg, NC 28352
  • Wake County:
    • Knightdale High School; Open
      100 Bryan Chalk Ln.
      Knightdale, NC 27545
  • Wilson County:
    • Fike High School
      500 Harrison Dr N; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
      Wilson, NC 27893

To find a shelter, continuously check your local county’s website, or visit, check the Red Cross Emergency App or call 1 800-RED CROSS. Anyone who plans to stay in a Red Cross shelter should bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. They should also include any special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and durable medical equipment and/or assistive technology if applicable. While Red Cross can provide medical equipment and/or assistive technology loaners, it may take a little time depending on inventory on hand and availability of delivery systems to get them to the shelter.

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HURRICANE SAFETY People living in the path of the hurricane should listen to local officials and obey any evacuation orders. As the storm passes, folks should stay informed by listening to local news or NOAA weather radio for updates. Other safety steps include:

  • Know the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning.
    • A Hurricane Watch means conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans. Get ready to act if a warning is issued, and stay informed.
    • A Hurricane Warning means conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.
    • Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings: Take these alerts seriously. They often bring life-threatening flooding and dangerous winds.
  • Listen to local radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates and obey any evacuation orders from local officials.
  • Be prepared to evacuate quickly. You can find shelters by visiting or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App.
  • Fill your car's gas tank in case an evacuation notice is issued.
  • Build an emergency kit that contains supplies for about three days, to include a gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications and copies of important documents. Remember items for young children such as diapers, and family members with special medical needs.
  • Follow evacuation orders.
  • Don’t forget your pets. Bring them indoors and maintain direct control of them. Prepare an emergency kit for your pets, including sturdy leashes or pet carriers, food and water, bowls, cat litter and pan, and photos of you with your pet in case they get lost. Additional pet safety tips are available.

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