The American Red Cross has been operating shelters at the West Brunswick High School in Brunswick county, and Trask Middle School in New Hanover county.
The shelter at West Brunswick High School continues to remain open. However, the Trask Middle Schools shelter has closed and been relocated to the Winter Park Baptist Church Shelter located on 4700 Wrightsville Ave.
The shelter is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. this afternoon.
Access to the shelter is via the Park Ave. side of the building.
“People living in communities threatened by heavy rains should keep informed about weather conditions and get prepared now,” said Vicki LaBelle, Executive Director for the Cape Fear chapter.
People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of hurricanes and flooding, as well as locations of shelters. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. Parents can also download the Red Cross Monster Guard App for a fun way to teach children what to do in case of a flood or a hurricane.
1. Listen to local weather advisories and stay informed about the storm.
2. Build an emergency kit or update an existing one. Information about what to include is available here.
3. Plan now for what members of the household will do in an emergency. Include ways to contact one another and two places to meet – one near the home and one outside the neighborhood. Full details here.
4. Fill your vehicle’s gas tank and get some extra cash.
5. If the neighborhood is prone to flooding, prepare to evacuate quickly if necessary.
6. If ordered to evacuate, obey the order, avoiding flooded roads and washed out bridges.
7. If flooding threatens, head for higher ground and stay there.
8. Turn around, don’t drown. If someone comes upon water above their ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. If a roadway is flooded, turn the vehicle around and go another way.
9. If caught on a flooded road and the waters are rising rapidly, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
10. Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.
“The Red Cross is getting ready in states all along the East Coast – calling volunteers and getting supplies, vehicles and relief equipment ready,” LaBelle said. “Residents should take this time to get ready too.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.