Reducing from 5 school-based shelters to 2 within Community Shelter Program
(Pitt County) — In anticipation of the impacts from Hurricane Florence, the Red Cross and Pitt County Emergency Management (PCEM) opened 5 General Population Shelters on (Wednesday), September 12, 2018 at 5:00pm. At last census, those 5 locations had a combined total of approximately 183 persons; a significant reduction from the nearly 1,000 shelter residents recorded on Friday night during the height of the storm.
To adapt to this reduction in need, and ensure a minimal impact to Pitt County Schools, these 5 shelters will be consolidated into 2 shelters, beginning tomorrow, Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 3:00pm. The new shelters provide centralized sheltering in both the northern and southern halves of Pitt County, at the following locations:
Holly Hill Life Changing Center
755 Porter Road, Greenville, NC 27834
Landmark Baptist Church
4657 US 13, Greenville, NC 27834
These shelters will be fully staffed and prepared before residents arrive, complete with supplies of cots, meals, water and blankets. NO donations of meals, goods, or services should be taken to these locations. Anyone wishing to make donations to recovery efforts within Pitt County should contact one of the verified donations collection centers from within the Disaster Recovery Partner Network for Pitt County (DRP), which are all listed on the www.PittCountyNC.gov/FLORENCE and www.PittCountyNC.gov/Huracan pages of the Pitt County website.
These shelters will be provided utilizing community partners identified through the Community Shelter Program (CSP). CSP is a joint program between PCEM and the Red Cross to identify and secure voluntary partnerships with faith-based organizations, whose facilities meet the needs of temporary shelters. There are presently 17 Community Shelter Program partners identified, however the interest from other organizations to participate is always welcome. For more information on how to join the Community Shelter Partner program, contact Pitt County Emergency Management at 252-902-3950.