Governor Nathan Deal declared the entire state of Georgia under a state of emergency today ahead of Hurricane Irma.
Thousands of Georgia coastal residents and many thousands more from Florida have heeded the advice of Gov. Nathan Deal and other top emergency officials and have evacuated to Atlanta to escape the wind and rain of Hurricane Irma.
“This is a rapidly moving hurricane and the weather and the consequences of that hurricane can change dramatically within a relatively short period of time.” Governor Deal said.
Irma is expected to reach Georgia’s borders Monday. By the time it reaches the Atlanta area it is expected to be a Tropical Storm. Still a dangerous storm, the National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for several counties in North and Central Georgia including Douglas, Newton, De Kalb, Fulton, Walton, Rockdale, Cobb, Gwinnett, Fulton, Cherokee, Forsyth, Fayette, Clayton, and Henry County until 12:25 am Mon Sep 11.
Here are some resources that may be helpful to you if you are here to get away from Hurricane Irma.
If you need a shelter contact the Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.
If you have an RV you can stay at the Atlanta Motor Speedway www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
For all of the latest information on Hurricane Irma follow the Georgia Emergency Management Agency at http://www.gema.ga.gov/Web%20Content/GEMA_HS%20Shelter%20Information.pdf
The Salvation Army is ready to provide meals to those who need them by staffing 18 mobile kitchens (canteens) in Georgia – five of them from Metro Atlanta. Each canteen can serve an average of 750 meals per day.
“We are staging critical relief supplies in key locations in preparation and will deploy close to the worst affected areas in the coming days,” said Major Douglas McClure, The Salvation Army Georgia Incident Management Team Director. “We are grateful to our partners during times of disaster who provide essential disaster supplies.”
Air B N B Residents in Marietta, Lithia Springs, Mableton and other metro locations have posted their homes online for just $1 per night or for free. https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/hurricaneirmaevacuees
Amalfi Pizza invites hurricane evacuees to have a meal for whatever they feel they can pay on the food portion of their bill (excluding alcoholic beverages). To take advantage of this offer just ask for a manager and show a valid ID from one of the mandatory evacuation areas.