NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Additional shelters will open today at 7 a.m. at the Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610 and Garner High School, 2101 Spring Drive, Garner, NC 27529. Residents of New Hanover County who are planning to go to a shelter are strongly encouraged to relocate to one of these inland locations that are being provided by our state partners.
Residents may travel to these shelters themselves or buses will be available today for county residents and will leave at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to the Wake County shelters. Buses will leave from the west parking lot of the Government Center, located at 230 Government Center Drive. Residents are encouraged to arrive at the Government Center thirty minutes before the buses depart.
Residents of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, are under a mandatory evacuation order. Residents of Wilmington, and all of New Hanover County who live in low-lying areas where flooding and storm surge are a factor, are strongly encouraged to relocate to locations inland.
All New Hanover County residents and visitors should be in a safe location before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12.
The shelters in Wake County should be the first shelters that our residents consider when evacuating. Residents who are at risk of flooding and surge should heed the warnings and evacuate. New Hanover County will continue to monitor shelter availability in Wake County and will update the public as needed.
The Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School is a pet co-location facility and will accept cats and dogs (no exotic animals). Those seeking emergency shelter should bring their own blankets/pillows, prescription medications and other necessary items. No alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons are permitted. Pet owners should bring their dog or cat in crates, along with pet food. There will be limited food service available for people seeking shelter.
New Hanover County Emergency Management continues to operate the Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center. Anyone with questions about evacuating or shelter openings can call the public information hotline telephone number at (910) 798-6800. The latest information regarding Hurricane Florence can be found on the EmergencyNHC.com website.
Residents and visitors are urged to complete their hurricane preparation and evacuation plans, as Hurricane Florence nears.