With the massive Hurricane Irma nearing Florida and Georgia, many residents are scrambling to find safe shelter. Thankfully, many organizations are rising to the occasion.
Below are some places opening their hearts and doors to those evacuating from Hurricane Irma’s Path.
West Point Lake Holiday Camp in LaGrange, Georgia is open for Hurricane Irma evacuees. Call 706-884-6818 to reserve a spot.
Atlanta Motorspeedway and Taladega Super Speedway is opening its camp grounds, which include all bathroom facilities, to anyone affected by the hurricane for free.
The Red Cross is operating numerous shelters near affected areas.
In Florida, Marion County shelters are open at the below locations and evacuees can call the Citizens Information Line at 352-369-7500 if they need transportation to a shelter:
Delores A. Brooks Recreation Center (formerly the East Macon Recreation Center — 3326 Ocmulgee E Blvd.)
North Marion Middle School (2085 W Highway 329, Citra)
Fort McCoy School (16160 NE Highway 315, Fort McCoy)
Lake Weir High School (10351 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala)
Forest High School (5000 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala)
Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary (4397 SW 95th Street, Ocala)
Marion County also has the following shelters available for those with special needs:
Belleview Middle School (10500 SE 36th Ave, Belleview FL)
West Port High School (3733 SW 80th Avenue, Ocala)
Vanguard High School (7 NW 28th Street, Ocala — pet friendly)
Airbnb — the online marketplace for travelers looking to stay in private residences is waiving its fees for evacuees until September 28.
A list of hotels and additional lodgings in Georgia can be found here.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com