Florence: List of area shelters, emergency operations centers open

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Cumberland County prepares for Hurricane Florence

More than 120 shelters across North Carolina opened as Hurricane Florence lashed the coast. Many have closed, some remain open.

FIND A FULL LIST OF AVAILABLE SHELTERS HERE.

Downloading the ABC11 app is the best way to stay up-to-date on the latest conditions from Hurricane Florence.

Wake County

Wake County closed its three remaining shelters on Monday, Sept. 17

Orange County

UPDATE: The shelter has closed at Stanford Middle. Shelter is available at Smith Middle until noon Sunday.

Cumberland County

Uber is offering free rides from Hurricane Florence evacuation shelters in Fayetteville and Cumberland County.

Uber will provide free rides up to $25 from shelters. To access this service, residents should download the Uber app, select the word Payment in the menu, tap Add Promo Code and enter code NCSHELTER. The offer is valid for up to five trips per rider on UberX or UberXL until Oct. 7.

As of 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 21, there were 189 people in the three shelters operating at College Lakes, Kiwanis and Smith Recreation Centers. Shelters consolidated on Friday to allow schools that have served as shelters time to clean and prepare for the reopening of the school system on Monday. The operation of the shelters has transitioned completely over to the Red Cross as Department of Social Services staff move out to assist with other recovery efforts and return to providing normal services.

Halifax County

The shelter at the Kirkwood Adams Community Center in Roanoke Rapids closed Wednesday. This shelter was designated primarily for evacuees from Dare County.

A new shelter was opened Thursday at the Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. Centre at Halifax Community College at 100 College Drive, Weldon.

This is a pet-friendly shelter and is only for pets whose owners will need to stay at the shelter. Pets that are accepted are dogs, cats, and caged birds. Residents who bring their pets to this shelter will be responsible for feeding, walking and bathroom breaks.

Other shelters will open as follows:

  • William R. Davie Middle S.T.E.M. Academy in Roanoke Rapids (4391 Hwy 158, Roanoke Rapids) - opening Thursday at 8 a.m.

  • Enfield-Inborden S.T.E.A.M. Academy in Enfield (13587 Hwy 481, Enfield) - opening Thursday at 8 a.m.

  • Scotland Neck Senior Center in Scotland Neck (1403 Church Street) - opening Thursday at 8 a.m.


Residents who go to shelters need to bring home medications, personal hygiene items, baby supplies, etc. Food options may be limited so if you or anyone in your family has dietary restrictions, consider bringing food from home. Weapons, drugs and alcohol are prohibited in shelters.

Also, the National Guard Armory at 1300 Junior High School Road in Scotland Neck is open as a shelter.

Harnett County

Due to a leak in the roof, Harnett County's emergency shelter at Triton High School has been relocated to Coats-Erwin Middle School at 2833 N.C. 55 in Dunn.

The shelter at Overhills High School is still open at 2495 Ray Road in Spring Lake.

Anyone staying at the shelters should bring any required medications with them.

The Coats-Erwin shelter is pet-friendly.

Hoke County

A fourth shelter is available in Hoke County.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., officials opened Hoke County High School's Gibson Gym as a shelter. It's at 505 S. Bethel Ave. in Raeford. No pets are allowed there.

A shelter at West Hoke Middle School opened at 8 a.m. on Thursday at 200 Aberdeen Road in Raeford.

Another shelter open in Hoke County is Sandy Grove Middle School at 300 Chason Road in Lumber Bridge. No pets will be allowed at this site.

The previously opened location, at Don Steed Elementary School, 800 Phillipi Church Rd, Raeford, has pet shelter on site.

All persons coming to a shelter are asked to bring bedding, medicines, foods (especially baby foods and baby supplies), personal hygiene items, and flashlights. Firearms and alcoholic beverages are forbidden.

Animals are not allowed at general population shelters. For those going to a shelter and needing emergency pet sheltering for dogs or cats, pet sheltering is offered at the Don Steed Elementary
School shelter location. The pet shelter will have cages, food and water. You must provide leashes and any medication needed for your animal.

Transportation to the shelters, particularly for the elderly and disabled, is available through Hoke Area Transportation unless worsening weather conditions necessitate that such services cease. Those who need transportation can call (910) 848-4646 and ask for the Transportation Coordinator.

More Hoke County info here.

Lee County

The National Guard Armory at 2214 Nash St. in Sanford is open as a shelter.

Moore County

An emergency public shelter was opened at 3 p.m. Wednesday at North Moore High School, 1504 North Moore Road, Robbins.

Moore County opened an emergency public shelter in Carthage at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Moore County Ag Building, 707 Pinehurst Ave. Carthage.

The Moore County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated to manage the overall storm response and recovery efforts beginning Wednesday. The number to reach the EOC for assistance is (910) 947-6317.

Sampson County

Shelters in Sampson County will be open started at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

  • Clinton High School
    340 Indian Town Road, Clinton
  • Union Elementary School
    10400 Taylors Bridge Highway, Clinton
  • Hobbton Middle School
    12081 Hobbton Highway, Newton Grove
  • Midway High School
    15274 Spivey's Corner Highway, Dunn
  • Lakewood High School
    245 Lakewood School Road, Salemburg


Transportation to the shelters, particularly for the elderly and disabled, is available through Sampson Area Transportation unless worsening weather conditions necessitate that such services cease.

Those with transportation needs should call (910) 299-0127 and ask for the Transportation Coordinator.

There will be a shelter opening for those with special medical needs.

For more information about the special needs shelter, please contact the Sampson County Department of Aging at (910) 592-4653.

Those persons who depend on home oxygen, or other medical resources contingent on access to electrical power, should make arrangements to have an adequate additional supply on hand.

Nash County

Shelter locations will be Nash Central High School at 4279 Nash Central High Road in Rocky Mount and Southern Nash High School at 6446 Southern Nash High Road in Bailey.

New Hanover County

A shelter for New Hanover County is open in Raleigh.

  • Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610


Trask Middle School at 2900 N College Road in Wilmington is also open as a shelter.

Anyone with questions about evacuating or shelter openings can call the public information hotline telephone number at (910) 798-6800.

Robeson County

As of Wednesday, September 19, the county had 1,045 evacuees in seven shelters. If residents need transportation to shelters please contact SEATS (910) 618-5679.

Sampson County

The City of Clinton is under a boil-water advisory for areas of the city. Those households were notified by the City, officials said.
There is a boil water advisory for the areas of Nathan Dudley Rd and Five Bridge Rd. area until further notice. The affected households were notified by phone. Per Lin Reynolds, County Public Works, the rest of the County is not under an advisory.
Town of Roseboro -Lifted
Town of Autryville - Lifted
Sampson County - The Public Works Department urged citizens to report discoloration or water pressure issues to the Public Works.

The County of Sampson has revised the curfew as of September 19 for the unincorporated areas of the County. The curfew is in effect for 10 p.m to 6 a.m.

Roseboro is no longer under curfew.

Sampson County Offices will be open to the public at noon Thursday. Employees should report at noon.
Sampson County Public Works will work their normal operating hours of 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sampson County Department of Social Services employees will report at 8 a.m. to the Department and will open to the public at noon
The Adult Day Health Center and County Nutrition Sites will be closed until the Special Needs Shelter is closed.

Two shelters are still open with a total population of 153 as of 4 p.m. Tuesday:

  • Sampson Middle School - 1201 West Elizabeth St., Clinton

  • Special Needs Shelter - Adult Day Care, Fisher Drive, Clinton

  • Pet Shelter - Livestock Arena - 93 Agriculture Place, Clinton


To make best use of personnel pets being sheltered are now housed at the Sampson County Animal Shelter in a pet sheltering area.

Scotland County

The National Guard Armory at 1520 South Main St. in Laurinburg is open as a shelter.

Wayne County

All emergency shelters have been closed in Wayne County.

The shelter at Tommys Road Elementary School, 1150 Tommys Rd, Goldsboro was the only active shelter.

Wilson County

Opens Wednesday, Sept 12 at 6 pm

Fike High School
500 Harrison Drive
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