Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Codington at Capacity, Additional County Shelter to Open; Media Briefing at 5:30 p.m.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Codington Elementary School is now at capacity. Eaton Elementary School will open at 5:30 p.m. today for residents who are seeking shelter but cannot leave the area. Eaton Elementary School is located at 6701 Gordon Rd. in Wilmington. No cots or blankets are available at this shelter so citizens must bring their own bedding. There will be limited food service available. Eaton is not a pet co-location.

Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum will open to shelter citizens at 6 p.m. today. Two buses will provide transportation from New Hanover County to this shelter at 6 p.m. today. This is the final departure from New Hanover County to inland shelters. One bus will leave from the west entrance of the New Hanover County Government Center, located at 230 Government Center Dr., Wilmington. A second bus will leave from the Johnson Pre-K Center, located at 1100 McRae St., Wilmington.

Those seeking emergency shelter in or out of county should bring their own bedding, including blankets and pillows, prescription medications and other necessary items. No alcohol, illegal drugs or weapons are permitted.

A media briefing will be held today, Wednesday, September 12, at 5:30 p.m. to provide information about the latest weather update, shelters, storm preparations and protective action decisions for our community. The briefing will be held at the New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive, in the Lucie Harrell Conference Room.

New Hanover County will broadcast the briefing live on the county’s Facebook page.

New Hanover County Emergency Management continues to operate the Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center. Anyone with questions about evacuating or shelter openings can call the public information hotline telephone number at (910) 798-6800. The latest information regarding Hurricane Florence can be found on the EmergencyNHC.com website, and on the county’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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