Public Notice

Public Notice

Volunteer resources and contacts to help post-Hurricane Dorian


BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Emergency Services coordinates offers for donations and volunteer assistance with the Brunswick County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

Questions about who to contact for help, how to volunteer or how to donate items? Contact Emergency Services Volunteer and Nonprofit Coordinator Leslie Stanley for direction to the appropriate VOAD agency or county department based on your needs.

A list of VOAD partner organizations that may be able to assist residents with unmet and construction needs post-Hurricane Dorian is available at

Based on the level of impact to Brunswick County, VOAD anticipates that its available resources are enough to serve the areas affected by Hurricane Dorian. VOAD is thankful to everyone who has reached out to offer help.

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(Bolivia, NC.) – West Brunswick Evacuation Shelter Officials are responding to reports of gastro-intestinal symptoms. Shelter staff is working cooperatively with the Brunswick County Health Department and are immediately instituting enhanced cleaning methods and necessary measures. These reported symptoms are very typical of a Norovirus and the health department has begun its epidemiological work to confirm.

Norovirus outbreaks are caused by a group of related viruses that account for more than 90 percent of gastrointestinal illness outbreaks in the United States each year. Noroviruses can be found in stool and vomit and are highly contagious. They are known for sweeping through schools, office buildings and other close quarters, and infecting a large number of people. Symptoms of Norovirus illness usually begin about 24 to 48 hours after close exposure to Norovirus and can appear as early as 12 hours after exposure and include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Low grade fever or none at all


People may feel very sick and vomit multiple times and/or have many loose stools a day. Most people get better within 1 or 2 days, and they have no long-term health effects related to their illness. However, shedding of the virus may continue for 1-2 weeks. At times, affected individuals, usually the very young and elderly may become dehydrated as they are unable to drink enough liquids to replace the liquids lost because of vomiting and diarrhea. “Thorough hand washing following toilet use and before handling food is the best way to prevent the spread of these viruses,” Cris Harrelson, director for the Brunswick County Health Department, said in a news release Friday Morning.  Contact your doctor to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness.


The spread of Norovirus can be prevented by practicing proper hand hygiene. Important strategies include washing hands with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers and always before eating and preparing or handling food. The community should be aware that with these reported outbreaks folks should use good hand hygiene and stay home if sick until 48-hours without symptoms.

For more information on Norovirus, please visit

Those seeking shelter should go to South Brunswick High School at 100 Cougar Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes.