If the National Weather
Service issues a Hurricane Warning for Beaufort County, Beaufort County
Emergency Management may advise or require evacuation of occupants of
mobile homes, substandard housing, low-lying areas, areas next to rivers
or creeks (including drainage ditches) and flood plains.
and the Beaufort County Chapter of the American Red Cross will open emergency
shelters at any or all of the following sites.
- Northside High
- Washington High
- Chocowinity High
shelter openings and other local official information will be announced
through local news media and the Government Access Channel (Washington's
Cable Channel 9).
Be aware that storm
tides can rise quickly, flooding roads. Traffic will be heavy on U.S.
17 and U.S. 264, which are used to evacuate the coast.
Tell a friend or relative
in an area away from the storm where you will be. Carry important papers
Turn off electricity
at the main power switch and valves to liquid propane tanks, oil tanks,
and natural gas lines.
If in or near a flood-prone
area, move vehicles to higher ground, raise furniture and possessions
off the floor, and place sandbags where water could seep in your home
Items to Bring to an Emergency Shelter
radio and batteries
- flashlight and
- cash, traveler's
checks and change
- personal hygiene
- prescription drugs
- change of clothing
- sturdy shoes/boots
- rain gear
- denture supplies
- blankets and sleeping
- baby formula, bottles,
diapers and medications
- contact lenses
supplies, extra eyeglasses
- special dietary
- lightweight folding
beverages and weapons are not allowed in emergency shelters.