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 for potential use in 2020. 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: Not OpenFind My Nearest Shelter / Driving DirectionsFind Your Evacuation Route

Town Creek Middle School

TOWN CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

Status: Not Open

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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.

SHELTER DETAILS

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.