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Jordan-Ashley Walker

Public Affairs Manager, City of Charlotte



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 Hurrica​ne 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.

Other agencies providing assistance during the sheltering operation include:

  • Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition
  • Mecklenburg EMS Agency – Medic
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care and Control
  • Huntersville Police Department
  • Charlotte Fire Department
  • Huntersville Fire Department.

The City of Charlotte has not been notified of a need to open shelters for North Carolina residents. Should the need arise, the city is prepared to respond accordingly.

Any media reporting on the sheltering operation must stage in the school's front parking lot.


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