American Red Cross Opens Fifth Shelter For Hurricane Evacuees

UPDATE: A Fifth shelter for Hurricane Irma evacuees has opened in Greensboro, N.C.

The shelter is operated by the American Red Cross and located in a City of Greensboro facility at 2305 Soabar St.

It looks like North Carolina will be lucky to not have serious impacts from Irma, but we are prepared to assist evacuees from other states who need a safe place to wait out the storm,” said N.C. Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “These shelters will provide temporary resources for people and their pets to rest.

North Carolina Emergency Management is working with the American Red Cross and county emergency managers to ensure that evacuees have safe shelter from the storm, which is causing significant damage in Florida and bringing many evacuees to North Carolina, where hotel rooms are hard to find.

HUNTERSVILLE, NC – As Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida and the Georgia coast, the American Red Cross is preparing to shelter evacuees in the Charlotte area and throughout the state.

Saturday night, volunteers set up cots at the gymnasium at the old J.M. Alexander Middle School building in Huntersville.

It can hold 300 to 400 people, though volunteers aren’t sure how many people will show up.

“We secured an area for eating, we secured an area for shower locations, as well as sleeping down in the gymnasium,” explains Charlotte Fire Deputy Chief Rich Granger.

It’s one of four Red Cross shelters across the state.

Shelters are opening tonight in these locations:

All are capable of accommodating pets.

Gaston County:
Gaston County Resource Center
1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy Dallas, NC 28034

Henderson County: East Henderson High School
110 Upward Rd Hendersonville, NC 28726

Johnston County: Johnston County Industries

912 N. Brightleaf Blvd Smithfield NC

Mecklenburg County: J.M. Alexander Middle School
12010 Hambright Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078