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UPDATE: Red Cross opens shelter for Florence evacuees

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 10:30 AM -04:00 Updated:
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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: As of Monday morning, nine evacuees from North Carolina are staying at the local Red Cross shelter at the Brainerd Youth and Family Development Center. Two pets are also staying at the pet shelter that's located on site.

Amy Maxwell with the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management said those numbers could change in the days ahead. 

"A lot of times their funds will run out at the hotels and motels so that's where these shelters start to see an increase in attendance," Maxwell told Channel 3.

Officials said they are prepared to provide food, clothing, shelter and anything these families may temporarily need.

If people would like to volunteer, there are training classes to help with the shelters.


PREVIOUS STORY: When it comes to people evacuating due to Hurricane Florence, three Red Cross shelters across the state are opened for evacuees, including one here in Chattanooga.

The shelter is at the Brainerd Youth and Family Development Center, where part of the basketball court has been transformed into an emergency shelter. 

Red Cross officials are not sure how many evacuees will need the shelter, but they are ready for hundreds, just in case.

 
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“Make sure we have a safe place for families who are needing shelter due to the hurricane evacuations,” said Julia Wright with the Red Cross.

Red Cross volunteers spent the afternoon organizing last minute details, setting up cots, and hanging signs.

“Now with the evacuations they've had a chance to make it this far, so we do want to be prepared in case those families arrive,” said Wright.

Earlier this week, millions of people were told to pack up and get away from the coast. Hamilton County Emergency Management officials are preparing for those who may make their way to the Tennessee Valley seeking shelter.

“Find a place to relax and rest, because right now is going to be a very stressful time for all of these individuals, especially not knowing what is to happen next,” said Amy Maxwell, EMS spokesperson.

Organizers don't expect a lot of people for the next few days, but once resources start running out,
more people are expected to need help from the Red Cross.

“We will provide them with a cot, some food, and comfort items until they can return home,” said Wright.

The Red Cross will need donations more than ever. Those who are looking to help are asked to consider monetary contributions.

“It is the quickest way for us to get the resources to the families in need and get them specifically what they are needing,” explained Wright.

The shelter will be in place for as long as people need it. If it becomes full, there are two other shelter locations in Chattanooga on standby.

Updated information on shelter locations can be found here.

Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting Red Cross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or testing the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: On Thursday morning, the Tennessee Red Cross opened the following shelters for evacuees:

Johnson City: Crossroads Christian Church, 1300 Sun crest Drive, Gray, TN 37615

Knoxville: Central Baptist of Bardeen, 6300 Deena Hill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919

Chattanooga: Brainerd Youth and Family Development Center, 1010 N. Moore Road, Chattanooga TN 37421

Updated information on shelter locations can be found at Red Cross.org/shelters.

Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting Red Cross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or testing the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


PREVIOUS STORY: As Hurricane Florence edges closer to landfall along the Carolina coast, more people are arriving in the Tennessee Valley.

Thursday morning, the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management, American Red Cross and other organizations coordinated the opening and operation of an Evacuation Shelter for Hurricane Florence evacuees.

The Evacuation Shelter is at the Brainerd Youth & Family Development Center at 1010 N. Moore Road in Chattanooga and will open at noon Thursday.

Additionally, the Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) will be opening a pet shelter on site for those evacuees who have traveled with their pets.

One of the best ways to help disaster victims is with a financial donation made to a reputable organization with a solid history of helping, such as the American Red Cross.

Financial donations help them prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters like Hurricane Florence, as well as provide immediate needs for families like shelter and food.

To make a financial donation to the American Red Cross visit their website or you can make a $10 donation by testing FLORENCE to 90999.

To become a volunteer, contact the American Red Cross Chattanooga Chapter at (423) 265-3455 or visit the volunteer section of their website.

For those seeking a hotel in the area, contact the Chattanooga Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 800-322-3344.

PHLOEM, American Red Cross and other organizations will be on site at noon.

 

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