Call to 211 gets

key info on storm

LUMBERTON — As Robeson County prepares for the potential effect Hurricane Florence, United Way of Robeson County is preparing to meet the most pressing needs of county residents.

People who need help can call 211, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In case of a life-threatening emergency, dial 911. The free, confidential service connects people to essential health and human services. The 211 service will remain open and ready to provide local information about evacuation routes, shelters, food and water, health resources and other needs throughout the storm.

The service is also available via text by texting Florence to 898211. Users may opt to receive updates.


Town ready to

assist residents

ROWLAND — The Rowland Board of Commissioners discussed the possible effects of Hurricane Florence and the resources available to respond to the damages the storm might cause.

“We are prepared to the best of our ability,” said Mayor Pro-tem Marvin Shooter.

Rowland police Capt. LaSevenn Richardson reassured the town that the department will be a steady presence throughout the storm.

Anyone elderly and living alone or with disabilities is asked to call the Police Department at 910-422-3311 for emergencies. The number will transfer to the officer on duty.


Shelter now open

at local high school

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior High School is now open as a shelter.

The school, at 838 U.S. 1 North, will opened at 1 p.m. Thursday as an option for residents concerned about staying in their homes during the hurricane.

County Emergency Management Coordinator Donna Wright said everyone going to the shelter should take bedding, flashlights, prescription medications and food, as well as care items needed for infants.

The elderly, disabled or anyone requiring assistance for transportation should call 910-417-4948.


Marlboro Co. ready

for storm’s arrival

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — Marlboro County, along with the American Red Cross, Dept. of Social Services, and the Marlboro County School District opened a shelter for storm evacuees at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Blenheim Elementary Middle School.

Pets are allowed and will be provided a separate area of the shelter but must be kept in a carrier and the owner must provide food for the pet as well.

If needed, Marlboro County High School and Wallace Elementary Middle School may be open as a shelter.

From AP and staff reports.