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Gaston County Prepares for Potential Impact of Hurricane Florence

Gaston County, NC – The Gaston County Emergency Operations Center along with other key county departments, municipalities, and community partners are working together to prepare for potential impacts of Hurricane Florence, expected later this week. While exact risks to our area are unknown at this time, the county would like its citizens to be prepared by having the following information.
Preparing for a Hurricane:
A wide variety of preparation resources can be found at www.ready.gov/hurricanes. The site includes important information on how to prepare for a hurricane in advance, how to be safe during the storm, and what steps to take after. They also include a checklist for emergency kits at www.ready.gov/kit. Gaston County encourages all citizens to use the next 48 hours to prepare as much as possible for potential impacts.
Shelters
Gaston County will open a day shelter at the Gaston County Citizens Resource Center on Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. for travelers and others needing a place to ride out the storm. The center is located at 1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy, Dallas, NC 28034. Should it be needed, plans are already underway to open an evacuation shelter at Ashbrook High School, located at 2222 S New Hope Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054. This shelter will be available to house individuals and families displaced from homes due to flooding, downed trees, or other safety hazards. Officials will carefully monitor the storm and let the public know if and when this shelter opens. The Red Cross and Gaston County employees will staff the center(s) and provide assistance to evacuees if necessary. 
Staying Informed:
Citizens are encouraged to carefully monitor the County’s webpage, www.gastongov.com, and Gaston County Government social media channels for important storm information and updates. For non-emergency questions or concerns, the public may also call (704) 866-3300.
Spreading the Word:
While cell phones and the internet are very helpful tools to stay up-to-date on important storm and safety information, many of our older and/or disabled citizens might not have access to these resources. We would like to ask the public’s help getting this information out to as many as possible by checking in on friends, family, and neighbors over the course of this event.  Gaston County government has resources available to help homebound and/or disabled individuals get to safety and you can always call 911 to report concerns about your own or someone else’s safety.