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Eastern NC Red Cross continues to open shelters, braces for Hurricane Matthew

Contact: Barry Porter

Phone: 919-231-1602 ext. 3034


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RALEIGH, Oct. 7, 2016 — More than 20 Red Cross shelters are opening in Eastern North Carolina in preparation of Hurricane Matthew.

Across the Southeast, more than 27,000 people sought refuge in almost 200 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters across three states Thursday night. This included 133 shelters in Florida with more than 22,000 people; 18 shelters in Georgia with more than 2,100 people; and 47 shelters in South Carolina with more than 2,500 people. 

“As our community braces for Matthew, Red Cross is working hand-in-hand with wonderful community partners to make sure our neighbors are prepared and safe during the storm,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern NC. “We’re in this storm together and we will work side-by-side as Matthew works its way off our coast.”


Opening Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 a.m.:

North Brunswick High School, 114 Scorpion Dr., Leland  

South Brunswick High School, 280 Cougar Rd., Southport  

West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte 

Burgaw Middle School, 500 S Wright St., Burgaw

Opening Friday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.:

East Columbus High School, 32 Gator Ln., Lake Waccamaw  

Edgewood Elementary, 317 East Calhoun St., Whiteville

South Columbus High School, 40 Stallion Dr., Tabor City  

West Columbus High School, 7294 Andrew Jackson HWY SW, Cerro Gordo   

Opening Friday, Oct. 7 at 3:30 p.m:

South Robeson High School, 3268 S Robeson Rd., Rowland

St. Pauls High School, 648 Old Stage Rd., Saint Pauls

Carroll Middle School, 300 Bailey Rd., Lumberton

Opening Friday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.:

Spring Lake Parks & Recreation Building, 25 Ruth St., Spring Lake

Smith Recreation Center, 1520 Slater Ave., Fayetteville

Southview High School, 4184 Elk Rd., Hope Mills

Topsail Elementary School, 17445 US 17 N., Hampstead

Dixon High School, 160 HWY 17 S., Holly Ridge

Trask Middle School, 2900 N College Rd, Wilmington

Dorothy B Johnson Elementary School, 1100 McRae St., Wilmington

Opening Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.:

Wellcome Middle School, 3101 N. Memorial Dr., Greenville

Ayden Middle School, 193 Third St., Ayden

Opening Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 a.m.:

East Bladen High School, 5600 NC 87 East, Elizabethtown

West Bladen High School, 1600 Hwy NC 410, Bladenboro

Bladen Lakes Elementary School, 9554 Johnston Town Rd., Elizabethtown

Bladen Community College, 1472 East Arcadia Rd., Riegelwood

If someone needs to find a shelter, they can visit, check the Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-768-8048. Anyone who plans to stay in a Red Cross shelter should bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. They should also include any special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and durable medical equipment and/or assistive technology if applicable. While Red Cross can provide medical equipment and/or assistive technology loaners, it may take a little time depending on inventory on hand and availability of delivery systems to get them to the shelter.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP Download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on mobile devices, including emergency weather alerts, preparedness information and shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to

HURRICANE SAFETY People living in the path of the hurricane should listen to local officials and obey any evacuation orders. As the storm passes, folks should stay informed by listening to local news or a NOAA weather radio for updates. Other safety steps include:

Watch for extended rainfall and flooding.

If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.

Drive only if necessary and avoided flooded roads and bridges.

Keep away from loose or dangling power lines. Report them to the power company.

Use flashlights in the dark, not candles.

Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.

Watch animals closely, keep them under your direct control.

MAKE A DONATION The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew in the U.S. by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.