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Public Shelters Information

Information concerning Brunswick County’s shelter locations, what to expect should you go to a shelter, shelter rules, and what is accepted inside shelters is listed on this page. For questions about shelters, contact Emergency Services. Shelter space will be limited and should be only considered as a last resort.

Brunswick County recommends that individuals find alternative, safer locations to shelter such as with family, friends, or a more inland location away from this area in the event of a hurricane. Individuals should not shelter at home when an evacuation order is issued for their municipality or the county.

Primary Shelter Locations

Brunswick County has two primary shelter locations. In the event of a hurricane, Brunswick County will direct most individuals who need a shelter option to these locations.

Cedar Grove Middle School

Cedar Grove Middle School

Address: 750 Grove Trail, SW, Supply, NC 28462

Status: Closed

Pets Allowed?: Domestic cats and dogs only

Town Creek Middle School

Town Creek Middle School

Address: 6370 Lake Park Dr. SE, Winnabow, NC 28479

Status: Closed

Pets Allowed?: Domestic cats and dogs only

Secondary / Alternative Shelters

Brunswick County’s hurricane preparation plans include secondary or alternative shelters in the event of overflow at its primary shelters or to accommodate additional sheltering needs. Brunswick County will communicate additional shelter locations available to the public on this webpage, through its communications channels, and its online shelter map if necessary.


Shelter Details

What to Expect at a Public Shelter

What to Expect at a Public Shelter

  • Ready-to-eat meal kits and bottled water is available to shelter guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Due to concerns about COVID-19, hot meals will not be cooked at the shelters
  • Individuals are encouraged to bring their own pre-cooked, non-perishable foods, like canned meats, granola bars, peanut butter, instant soup, cereals, dried fruit, powdered milk, etc.
  • Each individual will be assigned to a dedicated sleeping cot
  • Individuals are encouraged to bring their own preferred blanket, sleeping bag, and/or pillow
  • One individual per sleeping cot at all times
  • A select number of cots are available for individuals with mobility issues
COVID-19 Protocols
  • Brunswick County will review CDC guidance and current COVID-19 metrics at the time of opening the shelters to assess best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in public shelters
  • Any rules concerning COVID-19 mitigation strategies will be communicated with any notices about the opening of the shelters
Pet Rules at Public Shelters

Pet Rules at Public Shelters

Only domestic cats and dogs are permitted in public shelters. You are responsible for finding accommodations for other types of pets in the event of a hurricane.

Domestic cats and dogs are only allowed in specific, designated public shelters for health and space reasons, and are housed in separate locations at those shelters.

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do for your pets is to evacuate them, too. Pets are not allowed at most hotels and motels in North Carolina, so emergency arrangements for them may require careful planning.

  • Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.
  • Keep your pet on a leash with proper identification.
  • Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal, large enough for the animal to stand an turn around.

Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have:

  • Proper identification, including collar and rabies tag
  • Proper identification on all belongings
  • A carrier
  • A leash
  • An ample supply of food, water and food bowls
  • Any necessary medications
  • Specific care instructions
  • Newspapers or trash bags for clean-up

If you must leave your pet behind, prepare an appropriate area for it. Put the pet in a carrier in an interior closet or bathroom with plenty of water, food, toys and blankets.

Packing Your Shelter Emergency Bag(s)

Packing Your Shelter Emergency Bag(s)

Basic Emergency Supplies

The best time to assemble a 3-day disaster supply kit is well before the storm hits. Many of these are common household items. Store enough supplies for at least 3 days, and if possible, for 7 days.

  • Personal cloth face covering/mask(s) for each person
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Easy to carry water-tight container(s) (for all of your items)
  • First aid kit and first aid book
  • Mosquito repellent and sunscreen
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes
  • Blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • Personal pillow per person
  • Battery operated alarm clock, radio and/or TV with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cell phone and charging cords for electronic devices
  • Cash and change
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes and work gloves
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Documents, backup discs of important computer files, medical history info, photo IDs
Activities / Items for Children
  • Baby supplies: baby food, formula, bottle, pacifier, diapers, baby wipes, etc.
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
  • Camera, books, games, cards, etc.
  • Children toys or stuffed animals
Food and Drink / Utensils

Read-to-eat meal kits and bottled water is available to shelter guests. You should also consider whether you would like the following items while sheltering:

  • Pre-cooked, non-perishable foods, like canned meats, granola bars, peanut butter, instant soup, cereals, dried fruit, powdered milk, etc.
  • Personal snacks
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Personal paper plates, cups, utensils, paper towels
Medications and Hygiene Products
  • 2-week supply of essential medications and copies of the prescriptions (medications requiring refrigeration should be packed in a cooler with ice/ice packs)
  • Glasses or readers
  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine hygiene supplies (sanitary pads, tampons, etc.)
  • Adult diapers/absorbent underwear briefs
  • Bar soap
  • Dry shampoo
  • Towl
Pet Items (Domestic Cats and Dogs Only)
  • 7-day supply of food for each animal
  • 7-day supply of water for each animal
  • Leash for each animal
  • Carrier for each animal
  • Pet name and vaccination tags
  • Food bowls
  • Cat litter and litter box
  • Medications
  • Vaccination documentation
  • Plastic bags for waste
Unaccepted/Prohibited Items

Unaccepted/Prohibited Items

These items are not accepted in Brunswick County’s shelters:

  • Weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs or substances
  • Mattresses



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