With the track of Hurricane Isaias trending toward the North Carolina coast and inland counties, Sampson County officials met today to plan disaster response activities. Early weather reports for Monday anticipate 2-4 inches of rain, with flooding in the County’s typical flood prone areas, wind gusts of 50 mph and the potential for tornado warnings. Downed trees and power lines are possible.

The County will make the final decision regarding shelter openings on Sunday morning, and information regarding available shelters will be posted on the County webpage: and our Twitter account, @CountyofSampson. Because of a glitch in the Facebook platform, we do not currently have the ability to post to our County Facebook page.

The Sampson County Emergency Operations Center will activate at of 7:00 am on Monday, August 3rd.

Sheltering during the COVID pandemic poses certain health concerns. If you can safely shelter at home, this is your best option. If shelters are needed and opened, precautions will be taken. Those coming to shelters will be screened for symptoms upon arrival. Those exhibiting symptoms, and their accompanying family members, will be isolated away from the general shelter population. Everyone must observe social distancing, although families will be able to “cluster” together. All persons entering or working in a shelter must wear masks at all times.

As with normal disaster sheltering, persons coming to a shelter are asked to bring bedding, medicines, foods (especially baby foods and baby supplies), personal hygiene items, and flashlights. Because of the pandemic, you should also bring any personal protective equipment available (masks, gloves and hand sanitizer), but the County will also have masks and sanitizer available. Firearms and alcoholic beverages are forbidden; law enforcement will retain the right to search bags brought into the shelter as a safety precaution.

For those who plan to shelter at home, tropical winds and rain may cause power outages, so now is the time to check your 3-day emergency kit that each household should maintain in case of any emergency. Generally, these items include:


  • Water - 1 gallon per person per day
  • Water purification kit or bleach
  • First aid kit and first aid book
  • Pre-cooked, non-perishable foods, such as canned meats, granola bars, instant, soup & cereals, etc.
  • Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, soap, baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
  • Blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • Portable radio or portable TV and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Essential medications
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Fire extinguisher - ABC-type
  • Food, water, leash and carrier for pets
  • Cash and change
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
  • Sanitation Supplies
  • Large plastic trash bags for waste, tarps and rain ponchos
  • Large trash cans
  • Bar soap and liquid detergent
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Household bleach
  • Rubber gloves

Contact: Susan J. Holder, Assistant County Manager/PIO
(910) 260-0644