Shelter information for Winter Storm Viola

For the most updated information, visit your county’s website. More information on shelters will be provided here as they become available.

Alamance County

No information available at this time.


Caswell County

The Caswell County Fire Departments will be open as warming stations from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.. There will be personnel at the fire departments so that you can come in and charge phones and get warm.

Caswell County will be opening a shelter on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Gymnasium.

Durham County

Durham County Government will provide updates regarding the impact of winter weather conditions on services via the County website, social media, and media outlets. All citizens are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts and community notifications from Durham City-County Emergency Management’s Alert Durham at

The following are Durham County Government’s social media accounts:

Granville County

No information available at this time.


Orange County


Orange County will coordinate the opening of emergency shelters with support from the Department of Social Services, Health Department, Animal Services, and the American Red Cross when the need arises. There are 2 primary Orange County Emergency Shelters:

  • CW Stanford Middle School
    308 Orange High School Road
    Hillsborough, NC 27278
  • Smith Middle School
    9201 Seawell School Road
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Shelters require you to be as informed and prepared as possible:

  • If you need special assistance in a disaster call 919-245-2884 to register for assistance before a disaster strikes.
  • Shelter locations may change depending on the emergency
  • Listen to the radio for further directions concerning shelter openings:
  • WCHL-AM (1360), WCHL-FM (97.9), WDCG-FM (105.1), WRAL-FM (101.5), WYMY-FM (La Ley 101.1 in Spanish)
  • Shelters will have food or water, but will not have easy access to medications or many other personal needs.
  • If you must have transportation, emergency transport may be provided to you by calling 919-245-6100.
  • Bring Picture ID
  • Regularly taken medications
  • Insurance information
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Personal radios – with headphones
  • Games , reading material or other things to pass the time – especially for children
  • Specialty items for your needs
  • Do not bring weapons, illegal drugs, candles or valuables

Person County


For the most up-to-date, local information about the county’s emergency response, please stay in contact via the communication systems below:


The Department of Social Services (DSS) manages the shelters during an emergency response. When a shelter is opened, DSS will alert the public via the county Facebook page, Twitter, and website. For more information on sheltering, call the DSS shelter hotline at 336-322-8686.