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Public Shelters Information

Social distancing will reduce the capacity at shelters this year due to concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 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.

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.

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

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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.


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Public Shelter Rules and Requirements

Public Shelter Rules and Requirements

If you do need to shelter at a public shelter, you will be required to follow these rules and regulations in the interest of the health and safety of all shelter guests and staff to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Face coverings or masks must be worn at all times. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own preferred cloth face coverings or masks. Disposable face coverings will be provided to anyone who does not have one.
  • All shelter guests must undergo a pre-screening for COVID-19 before entering the shelter. This will consist of a answering a series of questions about potential COVID-19 symptoms they could be experiencing, if they have tested positive for COVID-19, or if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • Any individual suspected to have COVID-19 will be required to stay in an isolated section of the shelter to prevent potential spread.
Sheltering During the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you must go to a shelter, follow the CDC guidance to lower the risk of spreading infection:

  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people outside of your household.
  • Wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, and follow shelter policies for wearing cloth face coverings. Avoid sharing food and drink with anyone if possible.
  • Follow disaster shelter policies and procedures designed to protect everyone in the shelter, particularly older adults (65 and older) and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions. These people are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces, such as handrails, as much as possible. If not possible, wash hands or use hand sanitizers immediately after you touch these surfaces.
  • Keep your living area clean and disinfect frequently-touched items such as toys, cellphones, and other electronics.
  • If you feel sick when you arrive at the shelter or start to feel sick while sheltering, tell shelter staff immediately.
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.
Cots (Beds)
  • Each individual will be assigned to a dedicated cot (bed).
  • Individuals are encouraged to bring their own preferred blanket, sleeping bag, and/or pillow
  • One individual per cot (bed) at all times
Public Areas
  • Individuals and families will be assigned to shelter in specific locations within the shelter to limit public interaction and potential spread of COVID-19
  • You and/or your family must remain in your dedicated section of the shelter at all times
  • Face coverings or masks must be worn at all times
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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