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Updated: Shelters open in Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties; here are the details


Emergency shelters around the Cape Fear region open on Wednesday, ahead of the impact of Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo / File)
Emergency shelters around the Cape Fear region open on Wednesday, ahead of the impact of Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily photo / File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — As Hurricane Dorain slowly makes its way up the East coast, emergency shelters are opening around the Cape Fear region

Shelters in each county have slightly different accommodations and capacity. Each county has at least one pet-friendly shelter, but owners are required to provide food, rabies vaccination identification, and a carrier/kennel/or cage for their pets.

New Hanover County requests that residents show identification before entering a shelter; Pender County suggests residents have identification for all individuals but does not require it for shelter entry. Brunswick County will not require identification but, according to a county spokesperson, shelter staff will check names against the sex offender registry.

For anyone seeking to leave the coastal area, North Carolina has opened a shelter at Northgate Mall in Durham, at 1620 Guess Rd. The shelter is open to all.

Brunswick County

Three shelters will open (all are pet-friendly) Wednesday, September 4 at 8 a.m. Additional shelter information can be found here. Limited food service will begin around 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

South Brunswick High School (newest location): 280 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes

North Brunswick High School
114 Scorpion Drive

West Brunswick High School
550 Whiteville Road

South Brunswick High School
280 Cougar Road
Boiling Spring Lakes

Shelter info and supply checklist:

  • Blankets are available at the shelters, but you are welcome to bring your own blanket and pillow
  • Medications you take every day
  • If you use oxygen, bring extra oxygen tanks (enough for 3 or more days depending on the size and possible impact of the storm/event)
  • Several days of clothing
  • Personal hygiene items: Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, comb/brush, etc.
  • Any special dietary items
  • Pet food and supplies (bowls, cages, leashes, etc.)
  • Baby supplies: Diapers, formula, etc. (enough for 3 or more days depending on the size and possible impact of the storm/event)
  • Cards, games, books to pass the time
  • If you need a caregiver, a caregiver must accompany you to the shelter. Shelter staff will try to assist but are not able to provide ongoing one on one care.
  • Eat before you arrive. Meals may not be available during the first 24 hours. Bring snacks.
  • Alcohol, drugs, weapons, mattresses (including air mattresses), chairs and other furniture will not be allowed in shelters

New Hanover County

The county is opening two emergency shelters (one is pet-friendly) at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, to assist residents in need of shelter during weather impacts of Hurricane Dorian. Each shelter has room for approximately 100 people, according to the county.

WAVE transit will be making stops at the shelters: route 201 serves the shelter at Codington Elementary School hourly at 19 minutes after the hour. For those that cannot travel by bus, please call 910-798-6800 to make a reservation for transportation to a shelter via accessible van.

More info on the county’s storm response can be found here.

Blair Elementary on Blair School Road, also known as Wrightsville Beach at Blair Elementary (Pet-friendly Shelter)
6510 Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28405 

Codington Elementary School
4321 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412 

Eaton Elementary School
6701 Gordon Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412 

Shelter info and supply checklist:

  • Those seeking emergency shelter should bring their own blankets/pillows, prescription medications and other necessary items like extra clothing and hygiene supplies.
  • No alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons are permitted.
  • There will be limited food service available for people seeking shelter.   
  • Animals will be maintained in a separate wing of the facility, and owners are allowed visitation at designated times. Residents who are leaving town or staying in a location that does not welcome pets have the option of taking their pet to the New Hanover County Animal Services Unit at 180 Division Drive. Owners are responsible for providing a crate for their pet and any medication and food for special dietary needs. 
  • Pets should have proof that their rabies vaccine is up to date.

Pender County

Pender County Office will open three shelters on Wednesday, September 4, at 2 p.m.

Cape Fear Middle School (Pet-friendly shelter)
1886 NC-133
Rocky Point

Malpass Corners Elementary School
4992 Malpass Corner Road

Topsail Elementary School
17385 US-17

According to Pender County, residents who are listed on the special-needs registry should contact the health department at 910-259-1230.

Shelter info:

  • Residents who bring their pets will need to stay in the Cape Fear Middle School shelter. Pet owners are required to present rabies vaccination records. Residents need to bring pet food and water. Please bring pet carriers/cages.
  • Recommended checklist to bring to the shelter:
    • Clothes for 3 to 7 days
    • Pillows
    • Blankets, sleeping bags, cots, and/or air mattresses
    • Toiletries
    • Identification
    • Special dietary items, infant formula, medication (for up to 7 days), medical equipment
    • Cell phone and charger

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

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