Brunswick County Government closes at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 18
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County government offices, libraries, parks, and landfill will close at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 18 due to expected severe weather conditions later this afternoon.
County offices and services are expected to reopen Friday, March 19 as usual. The County will provide any updates concerning future operations if necessary.
The Brunswick County Public Health Call Line will also close at 4 p.m. and reopen at 9 a.m. Friday. The early closures are not anticipated to impact the County’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
Individuals can find county information and online resources on its website at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/
Based on the National Weather Service–Wilmington’s most recent update at 1 p.m., the Brunswick County and surrounding area remains in an enhanced risk this afternoon and early evening. Threat remains for possible scattered to numerous severe storms to develop across our area capable of producing damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour, a few tornadoes, and large hail. Find the latest briefing at https://www.weather.gov/media/ilm/LatestBriefing.pdf
Severe Weather Notification Tools and Channels
There are several ways to receive severe weather alerts. NOAA weather radios are considered one the best tools for alerts, but there are many options available—several of which are available at no cost. It’s always best to have several ways to receive alerts, especially at night.
- NOAA Weather Radio (NWR): NWR is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office. Specially built receivers, which can be purchased at most electronics and large retail stores for less than $40, receive the NWR broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and sound an audible alert when official watches and warnings are issued for your area. Think of these radios as a “smoke detector” for severe weather alerts.
- Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA): With WEA, emergency alerts can be sent to your cell phone or mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service. In addition to other alert types such as AMBER Alerts, this free service will transmit extreme weather warnings to your cell phone, such as Tornado Warnings and Flash Flood Warnings for considerable or catastrophic flooding. The alerts will look like a text message, and will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take. WEA messages include a special tone and vibration. If you receive a WEA message, you should follow any action advised by the emergency message. Seek more details from your favorite TV or radio station, NOAA Weather Radio, news website, desktop application, mobile application, or other trusted source of information.
- Cell phone apps: There are many great cell phone apps that provide real-time NWS warnings and alerts, some of which are free to download and use, and others that may charge a small fee. A simple search of your app provider will reveal many of these apps.
- Emergency Alert System (EAS) and your favorite TV and radio stations: EAS is the message dissemination pathway that sends warnings via broadcast, cable, satellite, and wireline services. EAS may be used by state and local authorities, including the National Weather Service, in cooperation with the broadcast community, to deliver important emergency information such as severe weather information, AMBER alerts, and local incident information targeted to specific areas. In short, when severe weather strikes, it’s a good idea to tune to your favorite local TV or radio station or web site for detailed information about the severe weather threat.
- Brunswick County CodeRED Alerts: Sign up for Public Safety alerts on your cell phone, home phone, unlisted number or other mobile device here: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/7BC24EDE14D3
Other Useful Information
- NOAA Weather Radio: https://www.weather.gov/nwr
- Wireless Emergency Alerts: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/wea
- Weather-Ready Nation
- Tornado Safety Information
- Watch/Warning/Advisory Definitions
- Spanish-language: https://www.listo.gov
For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign up for emails updates via the Sunshine or Emergency Updates List
- Follow Brunswick County on social media
County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Brunswick County is urging individuals to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County requires appointments for in-person visits. Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.
- Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033