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Hoke County Announces Shelter And Curfew

Hurricane Florence has maintained its track towards the North Carolina coast, resulting in increased confidence of widespread flooding and significantly damaging winds and power outages for Hoke County. Hoke County Officials announce that the County’s plan for emergency shelter as well as a curfew have now been implemented.

Hoke County Officials urge all citizens to either take shelter at a County Shelter by Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 pm or to be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours following the storm. Residents are to remain indoors between the hours of 7:00 pm and 7:00 am starting on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 pm.

An emergency shelter will be opened at the following location, effective Wednesday, September 12th at 6:00 pm:  Don Steed Elementary School, 800 Phillipi Church Rd, Raeford.

All persons coming to a shelter are asked to bring bedding, medicines, foods (especially baby foods and baby supplies), personal hygiene items, and flashlights. Firearms and alcoholic beverages are forbidden; law enforcement will retain the right to search bags brought into the shelter as a safety precaution.

Transportation to the shelters, particularly for the elderly and disabled, is available through Hoke Area Transportation, unless worsening weather conditions necessitate that such services cease. Those with transportation needs should call 910-848-4646 and ask for the Transportation Coordinator.

Those persons who depend on home oxygen (or other medical resources contingent on access to electrical power) should make arrangements to have an adequate additional supply on hand.

Animals are not allowed at general population shelters. For those going to a shelter and needing emergency pet sheltering for dogs or cats, pet sheltering is offered at the Don Steed Elementary School located at 800 Phillipi Church Rd, Raeford, NC 28376. The pet shelter will have cages, food and water. You must provide leashes and any medication needed for your animal. All pets must be picked up from the pet shelter when you leave the general population shelter.

The Hoke County Emergency Operations Center will be activated as of 8:00 am on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Hoke County Commissioners have enacted a County State of Emergency as of Monday. Updated emergency information can be found at readyhoke.org. The main phone number to the Hoke County Emergency Operations Center is 910-848-4646.