Two county shelters opened at noon in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Arthur, predicted to hit Eastern North Carolina later today.

A pet-friendly shelter opened at Newport Middle School, and a shelter for the elderly and those with special needs opened at the Leon Mann Jr. Enrichment Center in Morehead City.

Those planning to stay at the county shelter at Newport Middle School should keep in mind it’s not intended to be used for the long-term housing of people and will not be stocked to provide this type of sheltering.

Long-term shelters, which provide cots and food for people displaced from their homes, will be established after the storm has passed. Therefore, people evacuating to one of the pre-hurricane shelters should bring the following supplies:

  • Baby supplies.
  • Bedding (cot, lounge chair, blankets and pillows).
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic).
  • Changes of clothing.
  • Cooler with ice.
  • Entertainment items (board games, deck of cards and reading materials).
  • Evacuees should bring adequate supplies to last two to four days.
  • Food (non-cooking, non-refrigerated).
  • Medications.
  • Carteret General Hospital and Home Health Care, along with County Emergency Management, help oversee a special needs shelter for people with special medications at the Leon Mann Jr. Enrichment Center, 3820 Galantis St., Morehead City.
  • People wishing to stay at the special needs shelter must pre-register with Carteret County Emergency Services by going to the Carteret County Emergency Services website.

Pet shelter tips

For those bringing pets, there are things pet owners need to know. Pet owners should:

  • Provide proof of current vaccinations and records.
  • Pre-register, but registration forms will be available at the shelter if necessary.
  • Should have an airline-approved carrier, but a few are available at the shelter.
  • Must provide own food, water and medications for pets.
  • Bring pet clean-up supplies.
  • Pet must be on leash at all times when out of carrier.
  • Pet owner is required to remain with pets at the shelter.

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