March 27, 2020 – Governor Cooper has issued a stay at home order, beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. Read the complete unabridged order. Executive Order No. 121

Duke Energy and county officials to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

  • A five to 30 second test is scheduled between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8.
  • Additional siren tests to be conducted in late April
  • No public action required

SOUTHPORT, N.C. – The 38 outdoor warning sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested for five to 30 seconds between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, as scheduled.

This information is reflected in the 2019-20 Brunswick Nuclear Emergency Preparedness booklets sent to residents living within the 10-mile Brunswick Nuclear Plant emergency planning zone.

In addition, the plant’s siren activation system will be upgraded, which will require additional siren testing during several time periods in 2020. To ensure the newly installed equipment is functioning properly, sirens will be individually tested over two weeks in late April. During testing, sirens will sound briefly, approximately five to 30 seconds. Siren testing will occur Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

All tests are performed in cooperation with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

Because this is a test, local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. If there were ever a real emergency at the plant requiring the sirens to be sounded, local radio and television stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public.

For more information about the outdoor warning sirens, residents can refer to information available at


THAT WHEREAS, due to the COVID-19 Virus and in order to maintain and protect the public health of the citizens and residents of  Southport,  on March 20, 2020, the City of Southport declared a State of Emergency pursuant to Article 1A of Chapter 166A of the North Carolina General Statutes and Chapter 6 of the Southport Code of Ordinances; and

WHEREAS, said Proclamation was subsequently revised by the Mayor of the City of Southport on March 21, 2020; and

WHEREAS, it is now necessary to revise and clarify said proclamation to further protect the citizens and residents of the City of Southport and maintain and promote the public health;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Joseph P. Hatem, Mayor of the City of Southport, do hereby declare and proclaim that the following restrictions and prohibitions are hereby imposed and are now in effect within the City of Southport:

  1. Access to Public Facilities– Access to all public facilities is restricted to essential staff only. All public interaction shall be limited to the protocols adopted by the Board of Aldermen on March 19, 2020.
  2. Public Gatherings– Public gatherings are limited to no more than 10 persons at all times and at all locations with required social distancing of 6 feet. All for-hire tours are ordered to cease until further notice.
  3. Discontinuance of Temporary Rentals and Lodging—All rental agencies, businesses and property owners that rent properties within the City of Southport on a temporary or short term basis (defined as a period of less than 3 months duration) are instructed to have all current renters, and their invitees, vacate the premises and leave the City of Southport no later than 2 pm on March 26, 2020. Effective immediately there shall be no new short-term rental occupancies of any nature or duration within the City of Southport until this restriction is terminated. This prohibition and restriction apply to vacation rentals, short term rentals, bed and breakfast establishments, Air BNB, VRBO, hotels, motels, inns and similar businesses and establishments.
  4. These restrictions are effective immediately and are in addition to the protocols adopted by the Board of Aldermen on March 19, 2020, and shall remain in force until terminated by the Mayor of the City of Southport.

This the 24th day of March, 2020.

City of Southport


Joseph P. Hatem, Mayor

2020 Census field operations are suspended for two weeks in caution over COVID-19, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham  said on Wednesday. In the meantime, the agency is strongly encouraging members of the public to go ahead and respond to their 2020 Census questionnaires, which can be done by mail, phone, or internet-connected device like a laptop or smartphone. The 2020 Census formally kicked off roughly a week ago with mailers sent to mailboxes across the U.S. “As of this morning,” the bureau said Wednesday, “more than eleven million households have responded. America is stepping up to shape our future and ensure families and communities are counted.” Visit​ for North Carolina-specific census info.

Source is the NC League of Municipalities Legislative Bulletin 3-20-2020

The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of our community. Watch for your invitation to complete the census between March 12th and 20th.

United States Census 2020

3/23/2020: (this information supersedes previous updates)

Per Governor Cooper, all public schools will be closed to students as instructional settings through May 15, 2020. We will have additional information for students and staff soon with continued updates posted on the district website when available.
STAFF: Right now, this means we continue as we have for the past week, operating as optional work days for staff while closed to in-person teaching for students.  Please see supervisor for additional information on work opportunities.
MEAL PICKUPS: Meal pickup services continue for all students at the high schools.  Breakfast and lunch pickup meals are now available Monday through Friday for all students from 11am to 1pm at the three high school campuses. There is no charge for this service.  Parents who can not travel to a food distribution site at one of our high schools should contact their child’s school between 9am and 2pm so that we can gather information on the needs. Please eat perishable food within’ two hours of pickup.  Milk should be consumed or refrigerated immediately.


Breakfast and lunch pickup meals are now available Monday through Friday for all students from 11am to 1pm at the three high school campuses. There is no charge for this service.  Parents who can not travel to a food distribution site at one of our high schools should contact their child’s school between 9am and 2pm so that we can gather information on the needs.

→ NBHS: 114 Scorpion Drive Leland, NC 28451
→ WBHS: 550 Whiteville Road Shallotte, NC 28470
→ SBHS: 280 Cougar Drive, BSL Southport, NC 28461


Matthew’s Ministry, the organization that distributes food for children at schools on Fridays for the weekend, has 3 pickup days planned this week for students who are a part of the Backpack Program.  “Bags of food will be available at these locations for families to drive up and pick up their children’s food .
We are asking families to pick one site (each week) that works best for their schedule and location. A bag of food will be given for each child in the family.” -Matthew’s Ministry

If you would like to donate to the non-profit, please email the organization at

Read the Brunswick County School official update

Dosher is closely monitoring developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Dosher has released the following guidelines in an effort to protect our community, patients, and staff:

If you are experiencing a fever, respiratory illness, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider or the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service Help Line at 1-866-462-3821.

Before visiting our Emergency Department, Urgent Care or Clinics, please call ahead so that we can plan safety precautions to protect our patients and staff.

Testing supplies are limited. You will be screened and evaluated before a test is administered.

Dosher Urgent Care to Become Dedicated COVID-19 Screening Clinic

Dosher Memorial Hospital – COVID-19 Patient/Community Information

All City of Southport Buildings will be closed Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice.  Phone lines will remain open during normal business hours.  Payments can be placed in the City Hall mailbox.



In accordance with the CDC and its guidelines (regarding COVID-19) for large events and mass gatherings, the CDC recommends that until further notice, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.



Tanya Shannon, Deputy Clerk

Special Called BOA Meeting, Thursday, March 19, at 2 PM, Southport Community Building

Mayor Hatem has called a special emergency meeting of the BOA to address COVID-19 response by the City. The meeting will be at the Community Building and attendance shall be limited inclusive of BOA and staff. The only item on the agenda is discussion of City’s response to the COVID-19 situation, including response plans and actions to be taken.

We are keeping with the current mandate for social distancing. We want to ensure that as many citizens as possible can view this discussion real-time, so we will be streaming the meeting on Facebook Live. We will also make the video available on the city website ( after the meeting.

Comments and questions may be submitted electronically after the meeting at and will be read into the record by the mayor in the following BOA meeting.

Please keep in mind that the city is currently working on an enhanced end-to-end video streaming solution for government meetings. The video strategy for tomorrow’s meeting is a stop-gap solution to support our critical communication needs at this time.

The City of Southport Parks and Recreation Before and After School Program will follow the Brunswick County School schedule and will be closed until March 30, 2020

COVID-19: Colleges, Universities, Schools and Childcare Facilities