Red Cross shelters opening in Central Georgia

Evacuation shelters opening in Macon

The Red Cross is setting up shelters in Central Georgia for those evacuating the coast in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. 

Red Cross Executive Director for the Central Georgia region, Connie Hensler, says there will be two locations in Macon. 

Wednesday night, Red Cross volunteers wheeled in food, cots, and medical supplies to the first shelter to open at the Hephzibah Children's Home off Zebulon Road. 

"Shelters are free and everyone is welcome," says Hensler. "We are prepared and ready."

Hensler says those traveling to a Red Cross shelter this week should bring pillows, blankets, and personal items like medications, but they can expect a safe place to stay, a cot to sleep on, and three meals a day. 

"Plan for a long weekend. It's better to have more than you need than not enough," says Hensler. 

"We have no idea who is going to show up-- we are just here to help," says Jessica McFadden, Red Cross Program Director. 

According to McFadden the Hephzibah shelter can hold up to around 150 people, but in order to do that, they need more volunteers. 

If you would like to volunteer at an evacuation shelter in Macon, you can apply here

Hensler encourages those who live near the coast to listen to the severe weather warnings. 

"It's much better to leave safe and be able to come back than to stay there and take your chance on something happening," says Hensler. 

The Red Cross also has a hurricane app that you can download for free onto your phone or mobile device. The app is called "Hurricane By American Red Cross," and provides users with shelter locations, severe weather alerts, and storm tips. 

The second Red Cross evacuation shelter will open Thursday morning at the North Macon Community Park. 


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