Emergency Information


City of Charlotte continues to monitor Tropical Storm Irma

The City of Charlotte continues to monitor Tropical Storm Irma and is prepared to respond to any impacts from the rain and wind expected to move into the region later today.  

Approximately 1-3 inches of rain and strong winds are expected this afternoon through the early hours of Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Saturated soils could mean downed trees and powerlines. The City of Charlotte is prepared to respond to these service calls as needed, with crews from multiple departments on standby.


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City of Charlotte to open shelter for out-of-state Hurricane Irma evacuees

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2017) – The City of Charlotte, together with the American Red Cross and other local partners, is working to open a shelter for those traveling out of the path of Hurricane Irma.

The shelter, located at the OLD J.M. Alexander Middle School site (12201 Hambright Road), is set to open today at 5 p.m.  The shelter is equipped to accommodate those with special needs, as well as those with pets.

Charlotte prepares for Hurricane Irma

The City of Charlotte is preparing for potential impacts to the Charlotte area and city services as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management is monitoring Irma, per regular updates received from North Carolina Emergency Management and the Greenville-Spartanburg office of the National Weather Service. Emergency Management is making internal preparations consistent with planning for any weather event or impending hazard.

Just as the city is preparing for Irma, Charlotte residents should, too. Members of the Charlotte community are encouraged to:

  • Make a plan
  • Build a ready kit (Stock up on items such as bottled water, nonperishable foods, batteries, flashlights, gas up your vehicle, etc.)
  • Stay informed​

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Hurricane information and preparedness

What is a watch and what is a warning?

Hurricane watch: Conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.

Hurricane warning: Conditions are expected within 36 hrs.

Basic preparedness tips

  • Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word "alerts."

To learn more about hurricanes and preparedness please go to ready gov.

​Red Cross shelter basics:

  • In the event that shelters are activated in Charlotte, Animal Care and Control works with Emergency Management and the American Red Cross to ensure that emergency sheltering pets is available for anyone who needs to evacuate their home.
  • Once shelters are activated, you can find the closest American Red Cross shelter by texting SHELTER + your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA).​

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