Special Needs Shelter

The Carteret County Emergency Management office collects information which is entered into a database for those with special needs and disabilities. Medical professionals then prioritize those who can utilize:

  • Other private resources (family, friends)
  • A Public Shelter
  • The Special Needs Shelter
  • Long term facility shelters
  • The Hospital (requiring acute care)

The Special Needs Shelter is for people who’re usually cared for at home but have special medical needs during a disaster. Individuals must bring a caregiver with them to the shelter. Additionally, individuals must bring all their medications, any special diet foods and all medical equipment (nebulizer, oxygen, etc.).

The Special Needs Shelter is located at the Leon Mann Senior Center, 3820 Galantis Street, Morehead City, NC, and will open after the official announcement of a Hurricane Watch by the Carteret Co. Emergency Management Directory. It will close immediately following the hurricane.

Public Shelters

These shelters are for residents whose homes are physically threatened by storm winds and/or water. There’s no smoking allowed inside the shelters, so oxygen use is safe. There’s also intermittent power available by generators. Call Carteret County Emergency Management at 252-728-8470 for location information.

Hospital Care

Doctors’ orders are required for individuals who require skilled nursing services at the hospital. These orders must include the patient's name, date of birth, address and phone number as well as medications, diet, physical activity and diagnosis with treatments listed. These orders must be faxed to the Admissions office of Carteret Health Care at 252-808-6027.

Disaster Help

Do you have a medical condition that may require you to receive assistance during a disaster? Do you need transportation assistance to evacuate to a shelter?

If so, you should fill out this voluntary form to get the help you need during disaster.