This is an important message from Heath Jenkins, the Town Manager for the Town of Stanley regarding Hurricane Florence, and its potential impact on the Stanley community. Our Mayor, Steven Denton, in coordination with our Town Council, have been working with the Town Manger and staff to incorporate an emergency action plan. Over the course of the past several days, the Stanley Police Department, Stanley Fire Department, Recreation, Public Works and Water Department have established a command center to ensure proper channels of communication among our various departments. This will ensure we are all working as closely as possible to respond to calls for service as it pertains to public safety, public utilities, streets and other services provided by the Town of Stanley.
We encourage you to stay tuned to local news and weather channels, as well as the Town of Stanley website, Facebook, and other social media sites to keep you updated on this ever-changing weather event. If you have a true medical emergency, please follow the standard procedure by calling 911. Please do not use 911 for non-emergency events, as this will only delay those in need of true emergency.
As with any weather event, things can change very rapidly. That is why we encourage you to follow the progress of the storm via your computer, television, cable-tv, cell-phone or other sources you may have available to you.
Should you need the services of a shelter, Gaston County will open a day shelter at the Gaston County Citizens Resource Center on Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. for travelers and others needing a place to ride out the storm. The center is located at 1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy, Dallas, NC 28034. Should it be needed, plans are already underway to open an evacuation shelter at Ashbrook High School, located at 2222 S New Hope Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054. This shelter will be available to house individuals and families displaced from homes due to flooding, downed trees, or other safety hazards. Officials will carefully monitor the storm and let the public know if and when this shelter opens. The Red Cross and Gaston County employees will staff the center(s) and aid evacuees if necessary.
Thank you for working together with the Town of Stanley. We are here to assist you and your family members in any way possible. Please remain diligent and, as always call 911 to report concerns about your own or someone else’s safety.