WILMINGTON, NC, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 5:20pm – The Red Cross is continuing to assist residents affected by power outages caused by the winter storm. Shelter numbers have been steadily increasing since last night. In addition to opening and supporting shelters the Red Cross is beginning mobile feeding and distribution of supplies for vulnerable communities that remain without power.
Tomorrow morning, Red Cross volunteers will feed breakfast to an elderly and special needs community at Glover Plaza in Wilmington who do not have power. And, the Red Cross is also working with emergency management in Columbus County to deliver pallets of water and heater meals for the residents in that community affected by the outages.
Below is an updated list of current shelter openings and closings (changes highlighted):
- West Brunswick High School – open this evening but will close at 9am Friday (this is a pet friendly shelter) 550 Whiteville Rd, Northwest Shallotte, NC
- Burgaw Holiness Church – will open at 6pm, (no pets allowed) 416 W Bridgers St, Burgaw, NC
- Hampstead United Methodist – will open 6pm, (no pets allowed) 15395 Hwy 17 N, Hampstead, NC 28443
- Edgewood Elementary School – open (no pets allowed) 317 E Calhoun St, Whiteville
- Codington Elementary School – open (no pets allowed) 4321 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC
- Burgaw Middle School – closed
- Noble Middle School – closed
- · Dorothy B Johnson Elementary School – closed
- · Topsail Elementary School – closed last night – closed
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.