UPDATE (12 a.m. Thursday) 

Greensboro, N.C. – As of midnight Sept. 13, the American Red Cross Piedmont Triad Chapter opened a shelter in Alamance County. 

The shelter is located at 'The Lambs', 415 Roxboro St., Haw River, N.C. and will open at 10 a.m. 

Piedmont-Triad regional communications officer Jerri Jameson says the shelter will include amenities for survival.  

“There will be cots available, there will be free meals a day, snacks, water, beverages, health services,” Jameson said over the phone. 

In an email, Jameson additionally wrote: 

"The Red Cross projects that more than 1,445 blood and platelet donations will be cancelled as Hurricane Florence moves across the Southeast. Hurricane Florence has already forced the cancellation of blood drives and additional cancellations are expected over the coming days with fewer blood donors available to give at drives in and around affected areas due to poor weather conditions."

The website RedCross.org/shelter includes a map of the already placed shelters in the U.S. More shelters are being put into place in response to the category 3 hurricane out to sea. 

Jameson also advised those who are sheltering in place to download the Red Cross application on their smartphones for constant updates.