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Orange County to Open Emergency Shelters

Post Date:09/11/2018 3:50 PM

Orange County officials will open two Emergency Shelters to help residents who may be displaced by Hurricane Florence. The shelters will open Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Smith Middle School (9201 Seawell School Rd, Chapel Hill)
  • CW Stanford Middle School (308 Orange High School Rd, Hillsborough)

Identification is not required to enter a shelter, but it is encouraged as a best practice.

Visit our website for additional information on shelters, or listen to or watch local radio or television coverage.

Please keep in mind the following considerations for staying at a shelter.

  • Shelters will have food or water, but will not have easy access to medications or many other personal needs.
  • If you must have transportation, emergency transport may be provided to you by calling 919-245-6100.
  • Bring all regularly taken medications
  • Insurance information
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Personal radios - with headphones
  • Games , reading material or other things to pass the time - especially for children
  • Specialty items for your needs
  • DO NOT bring weapons, illegal drugs, candles or valuables
  • Smoking IS NOT allowed inside the shelter


  • Service animals for the hearing and visually impaired will be allowed in the shelter.
  • A rabies vaccination for dogs, cats, and ferrets is required. Please bring your pet’s full vaccination record and a photo of yourself with your pet. If possible, please also bring a 3-day supply of your pet’s food.
  • Not allowed: livestock, wildlife, amphibians, reptiles, fish, spiders, or large domesticated birds.
  • Animal Services Staff will be on hand to board pets in the best manner possible
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