Hurricane shelters — New Hanover adds a shelter Wednesday

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A list of shelters and phone numbers for help in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties during Hurricane Florence.

NOTE: Some shelters may not have cots or beds. Residents should take cots, air mattresses or sleeping bags if they have them as well as other needed supplies. And don’t forget your medications!


All beach town residents are under mandatory evacuation orders, and residents who live in low-lying areas where flooding and storm surge are a factor were strongly encouraged to relocate to locations inland.

Public shelters should be considered “shelters of last resort” with very basic provisions for a safe and dry environment and limited meal capabilities. Residents are encouraged to bring personal items for you and each of your family members. Pet owners should also bring medications and/or food for special dietary needs.

Thanks to reorganization, vacancies remain at Trask, Codington, Eaton and Noble as of midday Thursday.

Trask Middle School, 2900 N. College Road. Pets allowed. At capacity.
Codington Elementary School, 4321 Carolina Beach Road. At capacity.

Eaton Elementary School, 6701 Gordon Rd.
Noble Middle School, 6520 Market St.

There is still a cot shortage, and those coming to the shelter are strongly encouraged to bring their own bedding and cots or air mattresses if they have them, Loeper said.

Trask is still the only shelter where residents’ pets are accepted; owners must be on the premises with their dogs or cats.

In Winston-Salem:

Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 2825 University Parkway, Winston-Salem. The Coliseum is not a pet co-location, but a pet shelter is located next to the Coliseum in The Annex at 414 Deacon Blvd. Pet owners should bring their dog or cat in crates, along with pet food and vaccination records if available. Buses are leaving at 6 p.m. Wednesday from the New Hanover County Government Center at Marketplace Mall and Johnson Pre-K Center, 1100 McRae St.

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Brunswick County has issued a mandatory evacuation for residents in unincorporated areas who live in low-lying and flood-prone areas or substandard or mobile homes.

Three shelters are open in the county, and dogs and cats are welcome. Owners must stay at the shelter as well, and should bring documentation of rabies vaccines, food, any medicines, and any other items necessary for your pets.

The shelters are: 

North Brunswick High School, 114 Scorpion Drive, Leland.
South Brunswick High , 100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes.
West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte.

On Thursday, Emergency Services Director Brian Watts said teh county would be preparing South Brunswick Middle School in Southport in case South Brunswick High becomes too crowded.

Residents evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, any needed medications, any needed items like glasses or diapers, clothing for 3-7 days, pillows, toiletries, chargers for cell phones, and books, games or cards. Residents should bring sheets or bedding, and cots and air mattresses if available. Alcohol, illegal substances, and weapons are not permitted.

Those evacuating can find evacuation routes and shelter locations at or in the free Ready NC app downloadable at

The Town of Burgaw is also reminding residents to sign up for our Code Red notification system with the following link,

Also the Town of Leland, will have, a town-wide curfew that will go in effect 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Wednesday. The curfew will remain in effect each day thereafter, until such time that the Chief of Police of the Town of Leland, lifts the curfew.


Pender County, in cooperation with the American Red Cross and Pender County Health Department, Pender County Schools, and the Pender County Sheriff’s Department, has activated four shelters, but only one of them was not full by 1 p.m. Thursday

It was Cape Fear Middle School, 1886 N.C. 133, Rocky Point.

These shelters are already filled to capacity:

Burgaw Middle School, 500 S Wright St, Burgaw. Pets are welcome.
Topsail Elementary School, 17385 U.S. 17, Hampstead
Malpass Corner Elementary, 4992 Malpass Corner Road, Burgaw

Military-style cots will be available at the shelters on a first-come, first-served basis, and shelters will provide three meals a day.

Anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, necessary medication, clothing for three to seven days, pillows, toiletries, chargers, and books, games or card. If available, residents are being advised to bring sheets or bedding and air mattresses or cots.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at and on the website If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.


Major Mark Craddock of the Salvation Army of Cape Fear said the corps is preparing to activate its Emergency Disaster Field Truck. Emergency food and water will be available through the emergency truck and through the Red Shield Shelter Kitchen at 920 N. Second St.