Hurricane Florence Information

Wednesday, September 12

Englewood Baptist Church is currently open and is housing approximately 90 citizens of Tyrrell County.  Englewood is pet friendly and Nash County residence are welcome.

 Tonight at 6:00 PM, we opened Nash Central High School and Southern Nash High School.  Southern will be pet friendly. All three of these shelters are being staffed by the American Red Cross, Nash County Health Department nurses, and Department of Social Services Workers.

  Rocky Mount and Nash County Animal Control are assisting with pets. Rocky Mount Police and the Nash County Sheriff's Office are providing security.


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PRESS RELEASE

The track of Hurricane Florence has shifted to the south but is still predicted to bring torrential rains and damaging winds to portions of North Carolina.  Nash County Emergency Services Officials continue to urge you to complete your storm preparations now.  If you live in an area that experienced flooding in the past, we encourage you to make plans to stay with family or friends on higher ground.  If you have nowhere else to go, we plan to open two shelters at 6:00 PM Wednesday evening 9/12/18.  The shelter locations will be:
   
Nash Central High School
    4279 Nash Central High Road
    Rocky Mount, NC

    Southern Nash High School
    6446 Southern Nash High Road
    Bailey, NC
   
If you have to visit a shelter, please carry clothing and bedding materials along with non-perishable foods and any medications or personal items you may need.  Please be reminded that alcohol, weapons, and smoking are not allowed in shelters. The shelter at Southern Nash High School will have an area for pets, but please bring any food or items they may need.

Please be prepared for at least 72 hours of self-sufficiency once the storm begins as access to you may be blocked for responders.  Florence has the potential to be a very serious storm.  Please stay tuned to local media and utilize the ReadyNC app. for more information.


Tuesday, September 11

PRESS RELEASE

The National Weather Service is predicting Hurricane Florence to enter North Carolina on Thursday.  Florence is predicted to be a life-threatening storm with storm surge, inland flooding, and high winds.  Please complete your preparations now. Nash County Emergency Services is currently meeting with first responders and other partners in preparation for the storm.  Currently, our plans are to open two shelters at 6:00 PM Wednesday evening 9/12/18.  The shelter locations will be:
   
Nash Central High School
    4279 Nash Central High Road
    Rocky Mount, NC

    Southern Nash High School
    6446 Southern Nash High Road
    Bailey, NC
   
If you have to visit a shelter please carry clothing and bedding materials along with non-perishable foods and any medications or personal items you may need.  Please be reminded that alcohol, weapons, and smoking are not allowed in shelters. The shelter at Southern Nash High School will have an area for pets, but please bring any food or items they may need.

Please be prepared for at least 72 hours of self-sufficiency once the storm begins as access to you may be blocked for responders.  Florence has the potential to be a very serious storm.  Please stay tuned to local media and utilize the ReadyNC app. for more information.


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Nash County has hosted several hurricane meetings today and here are the key takeaways for the public.

Please prepare your family for this weather event. Hurricane Florence has the potential to be a life-threatening storm with the loss of power for days.
 If your home has flooded in the past, there is a good chance it will happen again with Florence. If you need to monitor waterways near your home, visit www.fiman.nc.gov. It shows water levels in real time for some of our biggest waterways.

To follow shelter openings, road closures, and power outages, you can download the Ready NC app on your mobile device. Please only call 911 in true emergencies! Our 911 call center answered calls nonstop for more than 48 hours during Hurricane Floyd. Many of those calls were to ask about power coming back on and other non-emergency questions.

  Please stay safe and use your best judgment during the next few days. For more information from Nash County, you can follow this page, the Nash County Sheriff's page, and the Nash County Division of Emergency Management page.