At this time, there are no shelters open in New Hanover County.
In the event of an emergency, New Hanover County may order residents to evacuate from dangerous areas and may choose to open shelters. The type of emergency and area affected will determine evacuation areas, as well as where and how many shelters will be opened. Social distancing guidelines and shelter guidance from the American Red Cross requires about 100 square feet of space per person to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which will greatly reduce the capacity of county emergency shelters for the 2020 hurricane season. Residents should plan now where they will go if a storm impacts our area. County emergency shelters will be very limited and should only be considered as a last resort.
The shelters listed below are predetermined locations in the county that may be used as emergency shelters. If needed, county officials will work with the state’s Emergency Management division to open additional shelters at inland locations.
It is important to note that the shelters will not open or close at the same time. In the event of an emergency, check this web page, TV, and radio for shelter updates. Learn more about the county’s emergency shelters in the panels below.