List of local shelters where you can seek refuge from Hurricane Dorian

List of local shelters where you can seek refuge from Hurricane Dorian
Posted at 11:55 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 19:50:11-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Hurricane Dorian’s path looks like it may impact Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina, and if you live in an area where a mandatory evacuation was ordered, you may be wondering where to go.

Related: List of local areas that have declared a state of emergency ahead of Dorian

Here is a list of shelters in Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina where you can seek refuge from the storm:



The shelter at I.C. Norcom High School, located at 1801 London Boulevard, will open at 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 5.

Those deciding to stay in shelters should be mindful that they do fill up quickly. You are advised not to show up empty-handed and should bring at least a 3-day supply of the following:

  • Food & water: Bring snacks, bottled water and non-perishable canned or packaged food
  • Medications: Bring prescriptions, glasses and contacts and durable medical equipment
  • Clothing: Bring a complete change of clothes and footwear
  • Bedding: This includes blankets and sleeping bags
  • Hygiene items: This includes blankets and sleeping bags
  • Important papers: This includes ID, proof of residency and insurance papers
  • Cash: This is just in case you debit or credit card is not working
  • Entertainment items: This includes puzzles, toys for children and reading material
  • Miscellaneous: Battery-powered radio, first aid kit, flashlight, etc.

The City of Portsmouth will pick up at these locations from 12-7:30 p.m. Thursday:

  • Fire Station 11 at 32 Prospect Parkway
  • George Washington Highway and Greenwood Drive
  • Greenwood at Deep Creek Boulevard
  • Deep Creek at Portsmouth Boulevards
  • Deep Creek Boulevard at Jefferson Avenue
  • South Street at Des Moines Avenue
  • Elm Avenue at Centre Avenue
  • Elm Avenue at Lincoln Street
  • Elm Avenue at County Street
  • Elm Avenue at Leckie Street
  • Madison Street at 7th Street
  • Lincoln Street at 7th Street
  • London Boulevard and Constitution Avenue
  • Florida Avenue and Hartford Street
  • Tyler Crescent at Hartford Street
  • King Street at Rodman Avenue
  • Race Street at Rodman Avenue
  • Clifford Street and Powhatan Avenue
  • Park Manor Boulevard at Elmhurst Lane
  • City Park Avenue at Vick Street


The shelter at King’s Fork High School, 351 Kings Fork Road (ADA compliant, fully generator powered for citizens who are medically dependent on electricity) and the Emergency Operations Center at the King's Fork Public Safety Center (Suffolk Fire & Rescue Station 6) will both be closing at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 6. They both opened at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 5. Officials say five people sought emergency shelter during this weather event.


Norfolk opened three shelters at 7 p.m. Thursday:

  • Bayview Recreational Center, which is pet friendly, at 8613 Willow Terrace Blvd
  • Norview High School, which is providing medical services, at 6501 Chesapeake Boulevard
  • Southside STEM Academy at 1106 Campostella Road.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, September 6, the shelters at Bayview Recreational Center and Southside STEM Academy at Campostella will close and consolidate into Norview High School. The shelter at Norview High School will remain open until 10 a.m. Saturday, September 7.

City officials say 68 people and two dogs have sought shelter.

Newport News

Newport News opened a shelter at Warwick High School, 51 Copeland Lane, at 5 p.m. Thursday for those who have no alternative.

Bus service will be provided to the shelter between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday evening. Citizens can come to either the Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Avenue, or Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to be taken to the Warwick High School shelter.

Residents with questions can call the 311 Center at (757)-933-2311. Dogs and cats are welcome at the shelter, however owners must remain at the shelter with their pets. Pet parents are required to provide food and water for their pets and should bring a kennel or crate if they have one.

The shelter at Warwick High School will close at 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 6. The Four Oaks Day Service Center at 7401 Warwick Boulevard will remain open overnight for the homeless and others needing shelter.

Virginia Beach

Two shelters will open: One at the former Old Donation school and one at Kellam High School, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. Residents are advised to bring their own supplies, and pets will be accepted.


As of Wednesday, September 4, city officials are not planning to activate their emergency center. However, they do have plans to open one should the conditions change.

Accomack County

As of Thursday, September 5, there are no plans to open shelters at this time, county officials say. Emergency officials will closely monitor the situation.

Northampton County 

As of Thursday, September 5, there are no plans to open shelters at this time, county officials say. Emergency officials will closely monitor the situation.

North Carolina

Bertie County

The following schools will open as shelters at 12 p.m. Thursday, September 5:

  • Colerain Elementary School
  • West Bertie Elementary School
  • Bertie High School

Chowan County

The Chowan County Emergency Operations Center has designated two shelters to be opened on Thursday, September 5. They will be located at:

  • John A. Holmes High School - 600 Woodard Street, Edenton, N.C. 27932
  • Chowan Middle School (pet-friendly) - 2845 Virginia Road, Tyner, N.C. 27980

Residents who anticipate evacuating to a shelter should gather their personal items to include bedding, medication, comfort and personal hygiene items; infant supplies such as formula, bottles, disposable diapers and pacifiers; and important personal documents. Items that will not be allowed at the shelters include pets, alcoholic beverages and weapons of any type.

Chowan Middle School has been designated as a pet-friendly shelter. While those seeking shelter at this location will be able to bring their pets, the pets will not be allowed to roam freely throughout the school. There will be a designated location where the pets will be housed.

The following items will be required in order to bring your pets.:

  • Certification of current rabies shot
  • Kennel for animal
  • Food & water for animal
  • Leash

Residents will be responsible for the care of their animals, such as feeding and walking them. The resident MUST be at the emergency people shelter.

No vicious animals will be accepted at the emergency pet shelter.

Gates County

The shelter at Gates County High School will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 5.

Perquimans County

A general population shelter opened on Thursday, September 5 at 5 p.m. at Perquimans County High School, located at 305 South Edenton Road Street.  No pets were allowed at this shelter.

The shelter closed Friday night.

Pasquotank County

A shelter will be open at the Kermit E. White Center on Weeksville Road in Elizabeth City starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, September 5.

*This list will continue to be updated as we receive more information about shelters in other areas. 

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