Shelters remain open

Salvation Army workers, from left, Mack Baker, Steve Best and Cindy Card prepare meals to serve Wednesday at the Newport Middle School emergency shelter, which remains open for residents and pets as of Friday afternoon. (Cheryl Burke photo)

NEWPORT — As of Friday afternoon, there were still 123 residents and 36 pets staying at the county emergency shelter at Newport Middle School.

Jaime Long, public information officer with Carteret County Emergency Management, said at the height of Hurricane Dorian Thursday night and early Friday morning there were 279 residents and 55 animals.

Ms. Long said she wasn’t certain when the county would close the shelter.

“There are still people out in the field assessing damages, so we don’t yet know when that decision will be made,” Ms. Long said Friday afternoon.

At a community shelter at Atlantic Elementary School, the Rev. Adam Self, who helped oversee operations, said there was still one family from Cedar Island housed there, and he wasn’t certain when that shelter would close.

The highest number that stayed at the Atlantic shelter was 12 people.

Capt. Aaron Goldfarb with The Salvation Army said he planned to continue serving meals at the NMS shelter until the county closes it down.

He added that a Salvation Army board member, Larry Land, was preparing meals to take to the Cedar Island Fire Department to serve to people in that area as soon as flood waters recede from the roads.

Mr. Land said he planned to take 60-100 meals and 50-60 sandwiches to the fire department once it was safe.

“The fire department has a commercial kitchen and generator so we should be fine,” he said.

Mr. Land said he would take additional meals as needed.


Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.

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