Hurricanes Florence/Michael closings, delays & available services


Beaufort County -- Anyone wishing to donate bottled water and/or canned good to assist those in need should take those items to Eagles Wings Food Pantry on W. 3rd Street in Washington. Household item donations should go to the Salvation Army on E. 12th St. in Washington. Cash donations can go to the Beaufort County United Way at

Beaufort County -- Cleaning kits available Monday thru Friday 0800-1700 at Belhaven Fire Department, Washington Fire Department #1 and the Beaufort County Environmental Health Office (220 N. Market St., Washington).

Beaufort County -- The County Health Department has announced spraying for mosquitoes will begin county wide beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26 from dusk till dawn. Bee keepers are encouraged to cover hives at night for the next week.

Beaufort County -- A Disaster Recovery Center is opening at the Bobby Andrews Center, 231 East 7 th St., Washington. Hours of operation Mon-thru-Saturday 0900-1900 and Sunday 0900-1300. Please register for disaster assistance at or by calling 800-621-3362. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U-S Small Business Administration will be available.

Carteret County -- FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center to accept applications from those affected by Hurricane Florence. Please register online at or by calling 1-800-621-3362 prior to visiting the centers located at the Carteret County Board of Elections, 1702 Live Oak St., Beaufort and the Newport Town Hall Parking Lot (mobile unit), 200 Howard Blvd., Newport . Centers are open daily from 0900-1900 except Sunday open 0900-1300

Carteret County - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Beaufort to accept applications for assistance from Carteret County residents affected by Hurricane Florence.  The center is located in the Board of Elections building and is open from 9am to 7pm.

Carteret County -- Carteret County Commissioners have waived the following fees due to impact from Hurricane Florence: permit fees including building inspection and related construction or demolition fees for storm related damages. Bacteriological water sample fees are waived for testing of flooded well inspections. Late  fees waived for the month of September only for Carteret County water bills. All late filing fees and late payment fees are waived for Carteret County Occupancy Taxes for September only (any prior or subsequent late filing fees or late payment fees will not be waived).

Carteret County -- The Environmental Health Department has waived the following fees for those rebuilding from Hurricane Florence: Existing system inspection fee for the replacement of damaged homes on property and change of use inspection fee for businesses forced to relocate due to damage. Fees are waived through Dec. 31, 2018.

Carteret County -- Carteret County has opened a centralized donation center to facilitate the donation of supplies to assist in hurricane recovery efforts. The center is located at Cypress Bay Shopping Center, Hwy 70, Morehead City (unit 120). Donations are accepted Monday thru Friday 0900-1600 and Saturday 0900-1300. Items being accepted are canned goods, cleaning supplies, house cleaning products, yard supplies, personal hygiene products, batteries, baby products, first-aid kits and clothing (new or gently-used).

Carteret County -- Three additional temporary debris sites are open at Mariner's Park, 157-175 East St., Sea Level; Eastern Park, 450 Hwy 70 E, Smyrna; and Western Park, 275 Old Hwy 58, Cedar Point. Earlier temporary sites are 293 Carl Garner Road, Newport; 485 Harkers Island Road, Beaufort (vegetative debris only) and 1494 Hwy 58, Peletier. Sites are open 0700-1900 Monday thru Sunday. All sites (with the exception noted above) will take vegetative and construction & demolition debris.

Carteret County -- The Leon Mann Center will operate as a shelter location for county residents effective Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 1200 till further notice. The Newport Middle School shelter will close at that time. Those sheltering at Newport Middle School will be transferred to the Leon Mann Center. Shelter is operated by the American Red Cross.

Carteret County Area Transport will only transport medically necessary appointments Thursday, Oct. 11 All downtown and around routes cancelled.

Carteret County - Solid waste convenience sites resumed normal business hours Wednesday, Sept. 19. County citizens living on state maintained roads can leave debris in the right of way. State DOT will pick up debris on state maintained roads ONLY. Please seperate construction from vegetation debris. For citizens removing their own debris, the County will issue vouchers at the Hibbs Road transfer station for both construction and vegetated debris.


Carteret County - A limited supply of cleaning kits are available at the following locations: Ann Street Methodist Church, Beaufort; Marshallberg Fire Station; Stacy Fire Station; Davis Fire Station; Sanctuary Church, Newport; North River Fire Station; South River Fire Station; Mill Creek Fire Station; Glad Tidings Church; Emerald Isle Baptist Church; Western Carteret Fire Station; Morehead City Fire Station #1; Broad & Gales Creek Fire Station; 1st United Methodist Church, Morehead City; Newport Fire Station #1


Craven County - FEMA has opened disaster recovery centers in Craven County at the former Rue21 clothing store on Highway 70 in Havelock and at the old Eckerd/Rite Aid store located at 710 DeGraffernried Avenue in New Bern. The DRC servces as a one stop location for citizens affected by Hurricane Florence to apply for disaster assistance and other benefits.  Federal, state and local resources will be provided at the DRC seven days a week from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm until FEMA determines the community needs have been met. 

Craven County -- Debris pick-up is underway throughout areas of Craven County and its municipalities. NCDOT anticipates beginning collection of vegetative, construction and white goods debris seperated into piles from state-maintained roads beginning on Monday, Oct. 8.

Craven County -- School supply drive is underway for students affected by Hurricane Florence. Supplies can be dropped off 0900-1600 Monday thru Friday at the ABC Central Office, 3493 Martin Dr., New Bern or at the Craven County Sheriff's Office, 1100 Clarks Rd., New Bern. Suggested items include backpacks, 4 gb (or larger) flash drives, composition notebooks, no. 2 pencils, glue sticks, tissues, post-it notes and hand sanitizer. More info at

Croatan National Forest remains closed. Recreation sites and roads are closed. Millis and Great Lake Roads have been closed due to significant damage from Hurricane Florence.

Division of Motor Vehicles -- Residents in 28 counties heavily impacted by Hurricane Florence will not have to pay certain fees assessed by the state DMV through Dec. 31. Among fees waived are duplicate driver license, new or duplicate ID card, duplicate or corrected vehicle title, replacement license plate or sticker, duplicate registration card and late fees & interest for Limited Registration Places and registration renewals that expired on or after Aug. 31. Refunds to anyone who paid those fees on or after Sept. 14 will be issued.

Duplin County -- A State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is now open in the town of Wallace. The center is open Monday thru Saturday 0900-1900 at Wallace Presbyterian Church, 205 W. Main St., Wallace. Representatives from the state, FEMA, the U-S Small Business Administration and other organizations will be available to help those affected by Hurricane Florence find the resources they need to aid recovery needs.

Duplin County Schools will re-open to students on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Teachers will have optional workdays on Monday, Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16.  Twelve-month employees who are currently working will remain on a normal schedule unless otherwise notified.

FEMA - For information on how to apply for assistance, call 800-621-3362 between 7 am and 11 pm on go online to 

Havelock -- FEMA Disaster Suvival Assistance will conduct registration intake at their mobile center located behind Havelock City Hall daily from 0900-1900

Hyde County -- FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center to accept applications from those affected by Hurricane Florence. Please register online at or by calling 1-800-621-3362 prior to visiting the center located at O.A. Peay School, 1430 Main St., Swan Quarter. Center is open daily from 0900-1900 except Sunday open 0900-1300

Jacksonville -- City residents are urged to get Hurricane Florence debris to the curb as soon as possible. The city's Contractor for debris removal may soon be moving some of its trucks south for Hurricane Michael clean-up. While date of final debris pick-up has not been set, the city recommends having debris out to the curb by Oct. 24. Please seperate yard waste from construction debris & other household items. Hauler will not pick up mixed piles.

Jones County reports the following needs: volunteers at the Jones County Civic Center -- e-mail if you can help. Supplies needed include mosquito repellent, cleaning supplies, canned vegetables, dry cereal and cereal bars, paper goods, feminine products, adult diapers and quart-sized/gallon-sized zip-loc storage bags (water and baby supplies NOT needed).

Jones County - FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is now open at the Jones County Civic Center, Trenton. Please register at or call 800-621-3362. Center hours are Monday thru Saturday 0900-1900 and Sunday 0900-1300. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U-S Small Business Administration will be available.

Lenoir County -- A Disaster Recovery Center has opened at 109 Airport Road in Kinston. Representatives from FEMA, Small Business Administration, Lenoir County Emergency Service, State Emergency Services and other local and state agencies will be on site to assist with hurricane recovery efforts. Hours are Monday thru Saturday 0900-1900 and Sunday 0900-1300.

Lenoir County -- Mosquito spraying will begin in the county Tuesday, Oct. 9. The spraying is expected to occur over a 4-to-5 day period and cover 400 miles of roadways (weather permitting). Spraying will occur in the evening between dusk and dawn. Spraying trucks will have the Clegg's Pest Control logo on their sides. Residents can pick up mosquito dunks free of charge from the Health Department while supplies last.

North Carolina Bar Association -- A toll-free legal aid hotline is available to Hurricane Florence victims with disaster related legal questions at 1-833-242-3549. Ask for Disaster Legal Services and identify the county where you're located. If you qualify you'll be matched with a lawyer who has volunteered to provide free legal help. 

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund -- Gov. Roy Cooper has encouraged those wanting to help with Hurricane Florence relief efforts to make donations to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund. Find out more at If you'd like to volunteer your time for relief efforts, visit to find out more.

Onslow County - FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Jacksonville which will relocate on Saturday, Oct. 6 to the Piney Green Shopping Center, 175 Freedom Way, Suite 18A, Midway Park.  Hours Mon-Sat 0900-1900 and Sunday 0900-1300. You're encouraged to apply for assistance at You can also call 1-800-621-3362.

Onslow County Public Schools will be closed to students Monday, Oct. 15 thru Friday, Oct. 19. OCS Before and After Care will also be closed during that time. Onslow Early College High School will continue their normal schedule. Staff will be notified by supervisors when to return to work

Onslow County - During Tropical Storm Michael, the Onslow County Multi-purpose Complex, located at 4024 Richlands Highway in Jacksonville, will be a shelter site opening at 9 am on Thursday. The shelter will include special needs citizens. 

Pamlico County -- FEMA has opened a disaster recovery center at Grantsboro Town Hall at 10628 NC Hwy. 55 East in Grantsboro, NC 28529.  The hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.  You're encouraged to apply for assistance at You can also call 1-800-621-3362.

Pitt County -- The county is experiencing a very large population increase of floodwater mosquitoes due to Hurricane Florence. County staff is conducting ground spraying using a priority list determined by density of population and mosquito habitat

The U-S Small Business Administration has opened a Business Recovery Center in Greenville at the Willis Building on East First Street, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Estelle Lee Place and at Centenary United Methodist Church, New St., New Bern.  New Bern hours M-Sat 0800-1700. Greenville hours 0800-1700 weekdays and Saturday 0900-1400. Wilmington hours are 0800-1700 M-Sat. Businesses can register at and apply for SBA low interest disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. Contact the SBA at 800-659-2955.

Swansboro - please leave yard waste and debris on your property adjacent to the roadway. Please don't commingle yard waste with building debris. Waste Management, the town's solid waste provider, will be picking up yard waste when conditions allow. Building debris will be picked up by another provider. First pass at removing storm debris has been completed downtown. The initial pass through town should occur this week with several sweeps of town made over the next several weeks. Regular household trash pickup is back on its normal Thursday schedule

Swansboro - If you would like to make donations or have an organization, people or churches that want to help or need help, call 910-545-0929. Distribution site and resources lcated at the Rotary Center, 1104 Main Street Extension

Swansboro -- The 64th Mullet Festival, originally scheduled for Oct. 13-14, has been postponed until Nov. 10-11.

Tryon Palace will re-open to visitors on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Stanley House will reopen Wednesday, Oct. 3 while the Dixon House - which sustained the most damage of the historic homes - will remain closed for repairs. The N-C History Center will also remain closed until the fire alarm system is fully-operational

Unemployment assistance -- Workers and self-employed peoplein Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Pamlico Counties  may qualify for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance if they are unemployed due to the effects of Hurricane Florence. Additional counties may be added soon. You must first file for regular unemployment. If you're determined ineligible or have exhausted regular unemployment, a DUA claim can then be filed. Go to or call 1-866-795-8877 to start the process. (Additional counties added 9/25... Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Pitt, Richmond, Scotland and Wilson.)

Wayne County -- The United Way of Wayne County has created a Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund to support recovery efforts for people affected by Florence.  United Way has already set aside $10,000 and invites the community to support the fund. Money will be used locally. Info at