Hurricane Florence Update

Due to the impending hurricane, KIPP ENC schools in Gaston, Halifax, and Durham will close at 2pm on Wednesday, September 12th. Schools will remain closed on Thursday, September 13th and Friday, September 14th. All after school activities have been canceled.

Please use this time to prepare for the storm. (and the corresponding app) is a great resource for hurricane preparation and provides information about evacuations, shelters, power outages, road conditions, and more.

As a reminder, suggested supplies for a hurricane include:

  • Water – If you can’t find any water in the stores, fill up jugs/containers of water in advance.
  • Ice – make sure you have extra bags of ice or produce extra ice over the next few days in case you need to keep food cold.
  • Non-perishable foods
  • One week supply of medications
  • First aid kit
  • Batteries and flashlights
  • Battery operated radio
  • A charged cell phone
  • A full tank of gas in the car

Finally, here are locations of shelters in our communities:

Halifax County

  • William R. Davie Middle S.T.E.M. Academy in Roanoke Rapids (4391 Hwy 158, Roanoke Rapids) – opening Thursday at 8 a.m.
  • Enfield-Inborden S.T.E.A.M. Academy in Enfield (13587 Hwy 481, Enfield) – opening Thursday at 8:00 a.m.
  • Scotland Neck Senior Center in Scotland Neck (1403 Church Street) – opening Thursday at 8 a.m.
    • Residents who go to shelters need to bring home medications, personal hygiene items and baby supplies.
    • Food options may be limited so if you or anyone in your family has dietary restrictions, consider bringing food from home.
    • Weapons, drugs and alcohol are prohibited in shelters.
    • Residents are reminded that once sustained winds reach 45 mph ambulances and other large emergency responder vehicles will not be operating.
    • Residents are strongly encouraged to go to a shelter before conditions rapidly deteriorate or be prepared to shelter in place until it is safe for responders to get back on the roads.

Northampton County

  • The Wellness Center 9536 NC 305 Highway in Jackson
  • Northampton County High School 152 Hurricane Drive in Gaston
  • Conway Middle School 400 East Main Street in Conway
    • These shelters are scheduled to open at 6:00 pm on Wednesday September 12th.
      Being prepared and taking some personal items with you makes the stay a little more comfortable. Prepare a go-bag to carry with you. Items to bring with you are:
    • Food – The shelter may provide food. If you want comfort food or you are on a special diet, you should bring your own food.
    • Clothing and Bedding – You should have two changes of clothing and all weather shoes. Not always is there bedding provided. A sleeping bag, blanket and pillow would make it more comfortable.
    • Personal Items – Bring toiletries items with you. Don’t forget your prescription medicines.
    • Miscellaneous – Cell phone and charger, radio and flashlights are all important to have.
    • Bring toys and comfort items for children to keep them comfortable.
    • Not Allowed – Alcoholic beverages and weapons are not allowed in shelters. Smoking is not allowed in the shelters either.

Durham County

  • The local pre-storm emergency shelter for Durham residents will be at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville Road. It will open at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.
  • Bahama Ruritan Club, 8202 Stagville Road, will be the emergency shelter for the northern part of the county. It will open at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
  • Emergency shelters are for residents who do not feel safe in their homes because their homes are trailers or have flooded before.
  • Other shelters for residents after the storm could open at Northern, Riverside and Southern high schools.

Please stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to our schools as soon as it is safe to do so.