Staying Safe at Home

If you choose to remain at home, make sure you have enough supplies to be self-sufficient for several days. Stay tuned to local media for emergency information and remain alert of changing weather conditions.

If the eye of the storm passes over your area, be aware that severe conditions will quickly return.

Never run a generator inside your home or garage. Carbon monoxide fumes can build up and become deadly. Plug appliances directly into the generator. If you smell gas, leave your home immediately, and call your utility provider.

During an outage, do not open refrigerators or freezers unless absolutely necessary. Cold air can escape, allowing food to thaw more quickly.

Disposing of Storm Debris

The Town’s standing contract for the provision of curbside pickup of debris is based on a significant storm (typically Category 3 or higher) that produces substantial and widespread damage throughout all areas of Town.

In 2018, even though Hurricane Florence reached landfall as a Category 1 storm, the effects were far greater because significant rainfall and sustained winds for several days caused major damage to all areas of Town, thus initiating the curbside response that is reserved for major disasters.

The Town will notify residents via this website and on social media channels if curbside pickup will be initiated following a storm. 

Yard waste should not be placed in your household trash or recycling bins. If you have vegetative storm debris you would like to dispose of, the following options are available to you:

  • Brunswick County Landfill, 172 Landfill Road in Bolivia, (910) 253-2520. Hours of operation: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM, M-F, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Saturdays
  • Brunswick County Landfill Convenience Center, 9921 Chappell Loop Road in Leland. Hours of operation: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Visit the county website for associated fees and more information
  • Home Crisis Cleanup Hotline, 844-965-1386 (toll-free). The hotline assists people in finding free help for storm impacts, including: removal of vegetative debris; roof-tarping; chainsaw work; drywall, flooring, or appliance removal; and mold mitigation

Limit open burning and never burn trash, lumber, tires, plastics, and other man-made materials.



Drinking Water Safety

Following a storm, drinking water can become contaminated and may cause illness. Listen for public announcements about the safety of the public water supply.

If you are on well water and extensive flooding has occurred near your home, do not drink the water and do not turn on the electricity to your pump until flood waters recede. Use bottled water until your well has been disinfected and your water has been tested.

Disaster Assistance

If you are a homeowner or renter whose home has been damaged in the storm, resources are available to help you recover.

Assistance may come from any number of organizations, including those relying on volunteers. These organizations provide food, shelter, and supplies and assist with clean-up efforts.

  • NC 2-1-1 - Public information portal and referral service for residents to obtain real-time communications and resources related to the disaster
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)In severe disasters, FEMA may provide support to
    individuals and families with temporary housing, counseling, and other assistance. FEMA grants may help you make basic repairs so your home is safe, sanitary, and secure. 
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Low-interest loans for businesses, homeowners, and renters during times of disaster
  • Fraud Alert - Survivors should be aware of fraud and scams and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves, and other criminals