Shelters were opened in number of counties including; Bertie, Bladen, Cumberland, Greene, Onslow, Pitt and Robeson.
Some of the shelters closed down by noon Sunday as curfews were lifted around the area, but seven remain open .
- Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587 -- Accepting pets with their owners
- Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Drive, Garner, NC 27529
- Westover Recreational, 277 Bonanza Dr, Fayetteville, NC 28303
- Triton High School, 215 Maynard Lake Rd, Erwin, NC 28339
- San-Lee Middle School, 2309 Tramway Rd, Sanford, NC 27332
- Bladenboro Middle School 910 South Main St Bladenboro NC 28320
- Enon Chapel Baptist Church 102 Barber Ave. Midway Park NC 28544
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
- Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters; service animals are permitted.
You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes in North Carolina, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Meanwhile, as officials begin assessing damage, they are encouraging people living and visiting the area to focus on keeping themselves safe.
Specific safety tips include:
- Stay away from downed power lines. Only utility workers can tell if a line is still active or if electricity has been turned off.
- Maintain proper ventilation when using generators. These machines give off harmful fumes that can cause serious problems if they are inhaled. Do not try to refuel a running or "hot" generator.
- Keeping off of roadways unless travel is truly necessary. If the traffic signal is totally dark, all drivers are to stop at the intersection, then proceed as if the intersection had stop signs controlling all approaches unless law enforcement is directing traffic.
- Use good safety practices when operating yard equipment. If using a chainsaw or other heavy machinery, be sure to wear goggles and other safety equipment.
Anyone who is not working in an official capacity is asked to stay home.