Local Shelters

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 Chapel415 Roxoboro Rd.; OpenNew River, NC 28450

Bertie County:

    • Bertie County Middle School652 US 13N; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.Windsor, NC 27983
    • Colerain Elementary School202 North Academy Street; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. Colerain, NC 27924
    • West Bertie Elementary School3734 Governors Rd.; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.Kelford, NC 27847
  • Beaufort County:
    • Washington High School400 Slatestone Rd, OpenWashington, NC 27889
  • Bladen County:
    • West Bladen High (Medical Needs and pet friendly)1600 NC 410 Hwy.; Opens Wednesday Sept. 12 at 12 noonBladenboro, NC 28320
    • East Bladen High5600 NC 87 Hwy.; Opens Wednesday Sept. 12 at 12 noon Elizabethtown, NC 28337
    • Bladen Lakes School9554 Johnsontown Road; Opens Wednesday Sept. 12 at 12 noonElizabethtown, NC 28337
    • East Arcadia School21451 NC Hwy 87 East; Opens Wednesday Sept. 12 at 12 noonRiegelwood, NC 28456
  • Brunswick County:
    • South Brunswick High School280 Cougar Rd.; Opening date/time - To Be DeterminedSouthport, NC 28461
    • North Brunswick High School114 Scorpion Dr NE; Opening date/time - To Be DeterminedLeland, NC 28451
    • West Brunswick High School550 Whiteville Rd NW; Opening date/time - To Be DeterminedShallotte, NC 28470
  • Chatham County:
    • Chatham Middle School2025 S 2nd Avenue Ext.; Opens Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.Siler City, NC 27344
    • Northwood High School310 Northwood High School Rd.; Opens Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.Pittsboro, NC 27312
  • Craven County:
    • Havelock High School101 Webb Blvd.; Opening date/time - To Be DeterminedHavelock, NC 28352
    • Brinson Elementary School319 Neuse Forest Ave.; Opening date/time - To Be DeterminedNew Bern, NC 28560
    • Benn Quinn Elementary School *Pet Friendly*4275 Martin Luther King Blvd.; Opening date/time - To Be DeterminedNew Bern, NC 28562
    • Farm Life Elementary School2000 Farm Life Ave.; Opening date/time - To Be DeterminedVanceboro, NC 28586
  • Cumberland County: Opening additional shelters Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.
    • National Guard Armory3555 Owen Dr.; OpenFayetteville, NC 28306
  • Durham County:
    • Hillside High School3727 Fayetteville Rd.; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.Durham, NC 27707
    • Bahama Ruritan Club8202 Stagville Rd; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.Bahama, NC 27503
  • Franklin County:
    • National Guard Armory200 S Bickett Blvd; OpenLouisburg, NC 27549
  • Halifax County:
    • National Guard Armory1300 Junior High School Rd.; OpenScotland Neck, NC 27847
  • Johnston County:
    • North Johnston Middle School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 pm435 Oil Company Rd.Micro, NC 27555
    • Benson Middle School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 pm1600 North Wall St.Benson, NC 27504
    • West Johnston High School (Pet-Friendly) ; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 pm3935 Raleigh Rd.Benson, NC 27504
  • Lee County:
    • National Guard Armory2214 Nash St.; OpenSanford, 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; Open1350 S Winstead Ave.Rocky Mount, NC 27803
    • Nash Central High School Pet friendly4279 Nash Central High Rd.; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m.Rocky Mount, NC 27804
    • Southern Nash High School6446 Southern Nash High Rd.Bailey, NC 27807
  • New Hanover County:
    • Trask Middle School; Open2900 N College Rd.Wilmington, NC 28405
  • Onslow County: Opening two shelters on Wednesday, Sept. 12
  • Pamlico County:
    • Pamlico Community College5049 NC 306 Highway South; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.Grantsboro, NC 28529
  • Pasquotank County:
    • Kermit E White Center1704 Weeksville Rd.; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.Elizabeth City, NC 27909
  • Pender County: 
    • Topsail Elementary School17385 US-17; OpenHampstead, NC 28443
    • Cape Fear Middle School1886 NC-133; OpenRocky Point, NC 28457
    • Malpass Corners Elementary School4992 Malpass Corner Rd.; OpenBurgaw, NC 28425
    • Burgaw Middle School pet friendly500 S Wright St. OpenBurgaw, 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 pm340 Indian Town Rd.Clinton, NC 28328
    • Union Elementary School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm10400 Taylors Bridge HighwayClinton, NC 28328
    • Hobbton Middle School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm12081 Hobbton HighwayNewton Grove, NC 28366
    • Midway High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm15274 Spivey’s Corner HighwayDunn, NC 28366
    • Lakewood High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm245 Lakewood School Rd.Salemburg, NC 28385
  • Scotland County:
    • County High SchoolOpening Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.
    • National Guard Armory1520 South Main St.; OpenLaurinburg, NC 28352
  • Wake County:
    • Knightdale High School; Open100 Bryan Chalk Ln.Knightdale, NC 27545
  • Wilson County:
    • Fike High School500 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 redcross.org/shelter, 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.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to find shelter information and weather and emergency alerts for more than 35 different situations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.


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 redcross.org 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.

About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.orgor visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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