North Central Health District

COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

Hurricane Florence

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North Central Health District is monitoring and preparing to respond to Hurricane Florence as it makes its way to the coast. Should public health be called to respond to sheltering operations, county health department services may be impacted as all staff works to provide evacuees with medical care in shelters. All closure announcements will be posted on our website and social media.

Hurricane Florence is forecasted as Category 2 storm with the potential to stall over land in the Carolinas and affect Georgia with severe rain and winds. NCHD encourages all residents to prepare for Hurricane Florence as it approaches Georgia:

  • Have a communication plan in place – include one contact that will not be in the storm.
  • Have supplies for each family member – find a checklist at NCHD52.org/prepare.
  • Have a way to receive emergency updates – listen to local media and officials, use a NOAA radio or install a phone app that provides updates.
  • Secure all outdoor items that may be blow away by severe winds.
  • Evacuate if directed by authorities – follow instructions to ensure safety.
  • Prepare to shelter in place if directed – find a safe room in your home away from windows and doors; make sure to bring you emergency supplies.

Evacuee Shelter Information

Local Red Cross Shelters

There are currently no Red Cross Shelters open within NCHD’s counties. To see all Red Cross Shelter locations, visit redcross.org/shelter.

Additional Shelter Locations

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has opened a shelter at its Macon location at 1955 Broadway, Macon, GA 31206.

Georgia State Parks

All Georgia State Parks are open to evacuees, including campsites and cottages. The parks will not be refusing any evacuees that need assistance. All cabins will accommodate domestic pets and pet fees will be waived during Hurricane Florence. For a full list of information, including park locations, closures and power outages, visit the Georgia Parks Alerts & Closures Page.

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Atlanta Motor Speedway’s camping facilities are open for evacuees. The Legends campground is open for dry camping and the Premium campground is open for evacuees that can use hook-ups. For more information, visit Atlanta Motor Speedway’s website or call 770-946-4211.

Pet Shelter Information

Pets are not allowed in Red Cross evacuation shelters. Pet friendly sheltering is available at Georgia State Parks, where “dry camping” will be available free of charge. For a full list of information, including park locations, closures and power outages, visit the Georgia Parks Alerts & Closures Page. This information will be updated as animal shelters open.

Hotel/Motel Availability

Anyone visiting Georgia to avoid Hurricane Florence can call 1-800-VISIT-GA (1-800-847-4842) or visit www.exploregeorgia.org to check the availability of hotels/motels in their area.

Donations

Many people are interested in donating things like food, clothing and other items to help evacuees. While the thought is appreciated, it’s important to note, shelters can NOT accept home-cooked goods or other pre-cooked food delivered by third parties (this does not include deliveries placed at restaurants and delivered by restaurant staff). While this may sound harsh, this rule is in place to keep visiting evacuees safe from foodborne illnesses like norovirus, Salmonella, E. Coli and more.

Evacuees are already away from home and in a stressful situation, and illness can make an evacuation even worse. The best way to provide donations to evacuees is with gift cards to grocery stores and other general retailers. This will allow local Emergency Management Agencies to purchase exactly what is needed to support individual needs. You can drop off your donations at:

  • No donations being accepted at this time.

Volunteering

The Central Georgia Medical Reserve Corps is recruiting practicing, retired, or otherwise employed medical, nursing, allied health, dental, public health, mental health and veterinary medicine volunteers, as well as non-health care volunteers wishing to serve in specific support roles. To apply online, visit SERVGA, the online website for volunteer registration for the state of Georgia. Volunteers should follow the instructions on the site, making sure to choose the Central Georgia Medical Reserve Corps under the list of volunteer organizations.

Traffic Information

Call 511 or visit 511ga.org. to receive the latest travel information about Georgia roads including notifications of road conditions, closures and contraflow.

Hurricane Preparedness Information

Before the Storm

  • Have an emergency plan and and a supply kit.
  • Secure all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, decorations or anything that may be lifted by high winds.
  • Plan to shelter outdoor pets indoors.
  • Know your area’s flood risk.

During the Storm

  • Stay indoors and away from glass windows or doors.
  • Shelter in a central room, hallway or closet on the bottom floor.
  • If flooding occurs, take shelter on a higher floor.
  • Evacuate if directed to by authorities – follow instructions to ensure safety.
  • Listen to local news or a NOAA weather radio to receive situational updates.

After the Storm

  • Do not return to evacuated areas until notified by authorities.
  • Stay away from flooded areas – water may be electrified or contaminated.
  • Avoid downed power lines and report them to the local power company.

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