WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WFMY) -- More families have arrived at the State's RedCross Assisted Disaster Relief Shelter in Winston-Salem.
The Shelter is at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on the campus of Wake Forest University. There are 16 of such shelters spread throughout the state for people from the Carolina coast who are fleeing from Hurricane Florence.
The shelter opened Wednesday night but by Thursday, 32 people had been registered and settled in. Officials said that as the weather condition continues to deteriorate they expect an influx of more evacuees seeking refuge from the storm.
"Folks that may not have evacuated prior to landfall may decide to do so and so we are looking at the weekend, Friday through Sunday as well, and we will expect our peak population if that's going to happen," said Jaici Murcia of the American Red Cross.
The shelter is free and open to anyone affected by the storm. It is equipped to take in 1000 people and cots are provided.
"Really recommend anything that is going to be good for your comfort and safety and health so things like prescription medication and medical assistant devices durable medical equipment blankets bearings and entertainment," added Murcia.
There is a separate section nearby where non-service pets will be housed. Officials say locals are welcome to bring donations and relief materials for the families. They can bring supplies like water, canned goods, and toiletries to the Goodwill right next to the Coliseum.
People can also sign up on the RedCross website to volunteer or text RedCross to '90999' to make a donation of $10. The amount will automatically be billed through their cell phone service provider.