Evacuations Recommended, County Shelter to Open
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – For safety purposes, New Hanover County Emergency Management is recommending a voluntary evacuation for all of New Hanover County, including Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and the City of Wilmington.
Residents and visitors should evacuate and be in a safe location before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12.
Tropical storm force winds are anticipated to arrive in our area by 6 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, so all evacuations and preparations should be complete by Wednesday at 8 p.m.
The first local evacuation shelter will open at Trask Middle School on Tuesday at 7 p.m. This is a pet co-location shelter and cats and dogs are welcome (no exotic animals), and limited food service will be available for people seeking shelter.
“Shelters should be used as a last resort,” said Emergency Management Director Steven Still. “If you act appropriately now, you will have enough time to be in a safe place in preparation for the storm’s landfall.”
Those seeking emergency shelter should bring their own blankets/pillows, prescription medications and other necessary items. No alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons are permitted. Pet owners should bring their dog or cat in crates, along with pet food.
New Hanover County Emergency Management is activating the Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center at noon on September 11. Anyone with questions about evacuating or shelter openings can call the public information hotline telephone number beginning at noon tomorrow at (910) 798-6800. The latest information regarding Hurricane Florence can be found on the EmergencyNHC.com website.
Residents and visitors are urged to complete their hurricane preparation and evacuation plans, as Hurricane Florence nears.
Communications & Outreach Coordinator