WILMINGTON, NC, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:45am – The following is a list of shelters that are opened and closed for those seeking assistance due to widespread power outages from the winter storm:
- West Brunswick High School – opened last night and remains open until further notice (this is a pet friendly shelter) 550 Whiteville Rd, Northwest Shallotte, NC
- Burgaw Middle School – will reopen at 12:00pm today (this is a pet friendly shelter) 500 S Wright St, Burgaw, NC
- Edgewood Elementary School – will open at 1:00pm today (no pets allowed) 317 E Calhoun St, Whiteville
- Codington Elementary School – open and will serve as the primary NHC shelter instead of Noble (no pets allowed) 4321 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC
- Noble Middle School – closed until further notice because of a broken generator, transferring to Codington Elementary
- Dorothy B Johnson Elementary School – this shelter never opened and will remain closed until further notice
- Topsail Elementary School – closed last night due to no shelter population and loss of heating
Residents are reminded that these are shelters of last resort for those affected by the power outages. Many stoplights are still out and people should avoid driving until it is safe to do so.
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:
- Prescriptions and emergency medications
- Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
- Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
- Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
- Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
- Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
- If you are bringing your pets to a pet friendly shelter, owners must remain at the shelter with their pets. Owners should bring pets collar, leash, food and other needed supplies.
For more information on what to do if your power is out, visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.