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Red Cross of Eastern NC bands together, plans to open shelters in preparation of Hurricane Matthew

Contact: Vicki LaBelle

Phone: (910)-545-0076


RALEIGH, Oct. 6, 2016 — The American Red Cross is mobilizing a multi-state response to aid communities who may be affected by Hurricane Matthew as it travels up the East Coast.

The Red Cross is currently supporting 84 shelters, has more than 500 disaster workers and 90 response vehicles standing by in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In Eastern North Carolina, Brunswick County has issued a voluntary evacuation as of 8 a.m. Friday for residents in unincorporated low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Red Cross will be opening shelters at West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte), North Brunswick High School (114 Scorpion Drive, Leland) and South Brunswick High School (100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes). Shelters will open at 8 a.m. on Friday. 

In Pender County, Red Cross will open a shelter at Burgaw Middle School (500 South Wright St., Burgaw, NC). The open time will be determined soon.

Powerful storms like Hurricane Matthew have the potential to create widespread devastation and more needs than any one organization can meet on their own. The Red Cross will continue to work with the entire response community – government agencies, other non-profit organizations, churches, area businesses and others – to coordinate readiness and response efforts.

“The Red Cross is standing beside our partner agencies, ready to respond should Eastern North Carolina be affected by the storm,” said Vicki LaBelle, Red Cross executive director of the Cape Fear Area. “We encourage residents to spend the next couple days preparing their families, homes and pets for the hurricane.”

For more information, please contact your local Red Cross. For hurricane safety tips, visit

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.