Fifth Shelter Opens in Greensboro for Hurricane Irma evacuees

Greensboro shelter

A fifth shelter will open at noon today in Greensboro to accommodate people who are coming to North Carolina to get out of Hurricane Irma’s path. 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.

Four additional shelters opened on Saturday. All are capable of accepting pets.

  • Gaston County: Gaston County Resource Center, 1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy., Dallas 28034
  • Guilford County: City of Greensboro Shelter, 2305 Soabar St., Greensboro 27406 (Opens at noon today)
  • Henderson County: East Henderson High School, 110 Upward Road, Hendersonville 28726
  • Johnston County: Johnston County Industries, 912 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield 27577
  • Mecklenburg County: (OLD) J.M. Alexander Middle School, 12010 Hambright Road, Huntersville 28078

The N.C. Department of Transportation is using fixed and mobile electronic message boards along highways to direct evacuees to the shelters. The ReadyNC app also contains a listing of open shelters and provides driving directions from your location to the shelter, or visit online at

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