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County Prepares to Open Six Shelters at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Will Close County Offices at Noon Wednesday

Sep 11, 2018

In preparation for Hurricane Florence, Cumberland County will open six shelters at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and will identify the locations at 10 a.m. tomorrow during a press conference to be held in the courtyard at the E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse. The press conference will be streamed live through the County’s Facebook page at

The County’s State of Emergency declaration calls for the voluntary evacuation of residents who live in low-lying and flood-prone areas. All residents, especially those in flood-prone and low-lying areas, should have their personal sheltering plans and emergency preparation kits in place by Wednesday evening.

EOC Activates at 3 p.m. Wednesday

The County will fully activate its Emergency Operations Center at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. A Joint Information Center will be staffed by the County’s Public Information Office and City of Fayetteville Corporate Communications. The EOC will have a dedicated call center for non-emergency calls related to the hurricane and the number will be published Wednesday. 

County Offices and Court System Closing at Noon Wednesday, Sept. 12.

All Cumberland County Government Offices and buildings will close at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12, for non-essential personnel. This action will allow the County to begin mobilizing shelter facilities and activate the Emergency Operations Center.

The Cumberland County Courthouse will also close at noon Wednesday. All court dates will be rescheduled. The Clerk of Court will mail a new notice of hearing to the address that is in the file. Individuals may also check under the “Court Calendars” tab 48 hours after the courthouse reopens for new court dates.

Headquarters Library Closed All Day Sept. 12

Headquarters Library at 300 Maiden Lane will be closed to the public all day on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to allow staff time to prepare the lower level of the facility for potential flooding.

Prepare Now

If you have not already, start building your emergency kits now. Residents should have supplies of food and water available for at least the first 72 hours. Go to to find a full list of supplies you should have on hand.

  • Residents going to shelters should bring blankets, pillows, toiletries, any medications and several changes of clothes. Snacks should be non-perishable and not require refrigeration or heating. Caregivers should accompany any residents who have special needs.
  • Bring formula, baby food and diapers for infants. Do not bring any food that requires refrigeration or that needs to be heated.
  • Shelters that are prepared to accommodate pets will be announced. Pet owners should bring pet food, medication, crates, collars, leashes and rabies vaccination records. Owners will be expected to provide daily care for their animals during their stay at the shelter.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for severe weather and emergency notifications through the Cumberland ALERTS system. Register at

Information will be released through the County’s: