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SC: Can sex offenders stay at Red Cross shelters?

With Hurricane Florence barreling towards the coast of the Carolinas, residents in multiple counties have been urged to evacuate either out of town or to emergency shelters. But what about safety at shelters?

ABC News asked the American Red Cross if sex offenders were allowed to stay at shelters with others residents. Full Article

Related links:

VERIFY: Yes, sex offenders can stay at public shelters during Florence in NC [wcnc.com – 9/15/18]

 

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  1. Janice Bellucci

    I am encouraged by the humane reasoning and decisions being made in North Carolina as Hurricane Florence approaches land in the U.S. It is my understanding that different decisions were made in Florida when that state experienced multiple hurricanes. Kudos to North Carolina for protecting its citizens!

  2. USA

    Society is interesting. Everything on TV nowadays is sexual related (porn/realty stars/look at the idiot TV sisters/porn stars/sex changes). Yet, we have murderers, gang members, drug dealers and pristitutes who can use the sehelters, but yet a guy with a misdemeanor conviction from 20 years ago will be vilafied! Wow

  3. Lake County

    I’m not sure why they bothered to bring up this subject. This news story was very short with no helpful information. I had this same problem when the Northern CA fires raged through my area. It was the largest fire in California’s history, but us registrants had no place we could go.

    • Janice Bellucci

      @Lake County – Did you try to go to a shelter? If so, were you denied entry?

      • AO

        @Janice, I’m sure Lake will follow it up, but when he posted about this originally he stated all the shelters were on school grounds with seemingly no alternatives at that time. And as far as I’m aware, the letter of the law didn’t include any exceptions for such events.

      • Lake County

        No, because all the Red Cross shelters available were at schools. All Red Cross services were at schools. I would not even have been able to get supplies to camp out without going on school property. If I had left my home in the evacuation area to find out my options, I would not have been allowed to return home. I couldn’t risk having no where to go. All my friend’s homes were evacuated too, so I had no options. I called the Sheriffs registration office, but my messages were not returned. I will ask them what my options were at my annual that is coming up soon. I wasn’t willing to call 911 since they were very busy with more serious life and death situations. This fire was huge. It was very hard to even breath outside with a mask at my house.

        • Tim Moore

          I am glad you made it through OK. That was a horrendous inferno, by all accounts and a warning to all. We must start taking care of the Earth and each other.

    • ocguy

      Maybe this is why: ” If it is determined that other arrangements would be best, the person will be moved to separate accommodations … We cannot deny them shelter in a preservation of life event,” Antonio said.”

      First time I am reading about an obligation(!) to provide shelter – even if it is separate but (hopefully) equal.

      Not like, in, say, Orange County, where registrants are simply excluded from a County run facility.

      “Screening will be conducted at the time of reservation; no potential participants with a registered sex offense will be allowed on the bus/shuttle or admitted as clients.”
      http://www.occommunityservices.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=74789 (p. 115 of 169)

      If this is true, it is certainly noteworthy, if not huge.

      Again – how many sex crimes have been committed by registrants in shelters. Before these guidelines, and after. Another potential law suit. So many law suits, so little time.

  4. Anonymous

    What does everybody think about Saving your life first, Dealing with the judge after?

  5. TS

    While SC has been hospitable to registrants who are in life threatening situations and can seek shelter for preservation of life, NC has not been so hospitable during this hurricane as noted on another SOL website. However, there seems to be more info now through this news outlet that NC opened their minds up to registrants who need to seek shelter in preservation of life:

    VERIFY: Yes, sex offenders can stay at public shelters during Florence in NC
    https://www.wcnc.com/article/weather/hurricane-central/verify-yes-sex-offenders-can-stay-at-public-shelters-during-florence-in-nc/275-594391645

    Have to wonder at times what is the overall thinking of NC when it comes to times like this…

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