Brunswick County Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Michael, Shelter Opens Thursday morning


Brunswick County has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents in unincorporated areas who live in low-lying or flood-prone areas or storm-damaged homes, effective at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, ahead of Hurricane Michael.

A pet-friendly shelter will open at West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte) Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8 a.m. Unincorporated areas are areas not in a town or municipality.

Brunswick County has also declared a State of Emergency, effective 8 a.m. Thursday.

The shelter location is marked along with road hazards on Brunswick County’s Road Condition map, viewable at Citizens can view instructions for viewing this information on the Google Maps navigational app on their phone on that page as well.

Residents evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, any needed medications, any needed items like glasses or diapers, clothing for several days, pillows, toiletries, chargers for cell phones, and books, games or cards. Residents should bring sheets or bedding, and cots and air mattresses if available. Alcohol, illegal substances, and weapons are not permitted.

Dogs and cats are accepted at the West Brunswick High School shelter. Owners must stay at the shelter as well, and should bring documentation of rabies vaccines, food, any medicines, and any other items necessary for your pets.

Residents who need assistance with evacuating should call the Emergency Operations Center at 910-253-5383.

Residents or businesses who suffered roof damage from Hurricane Florence need to secure tarps for tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. Citizens should seek to secure or bring inside any items that could become a projectile with the forecast winds. The ground is already saturated in many areas, and it will not take as much wind to topple weakened trees, which have the potential to cause additional power outages. Citizens should review their disaster supply kits and water supplies, and restock anything that is low following Hurricane Florence.

Current weather forecasts predict that Hurricane Michael, which is forecast to make landfall on the Gulf Coast of Florida, will bring 2-4 inches of rain, tropical storm-force winds and an increased risk for tornadoes. While Hurricane Michael is forecast to move through Brunswick County significantly quicker than Hurricane Florence did, the ground in some areas remains saturated, and some buildings damaged and some trees weakened from Hurricane Florence have not been fully repaired or cleared. Those who do not feel safe in their current home can seek shelter at West Brunswick High School.