Georgia is the next stop for Hurricane Irma as she barrels in from Florida, and the Red Cross is working to provide safe refuge to the millions forced from their homes.
Friday night 1,185 people sought refuge in 13 evacuation centers in Georgia. “Our priority today is to give people a safe place to ride out this storm,” said Adelaide Kirk, Executive Director for the American Red Cross of West Central Georgia. “We’re encouraging people to bring extra blankets, pillows and personal items that will make their stay more comfortable.”
Anyone coming to a hurricane evacuation center should bring their emergency supplies kit with a minimum 3-day supply for each person of the following items:
Water: one gallon per person, per day
Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
Bedding: pillows and blankets
Medications, medical items and supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
People in the path of this storm need to finalize their preparations today and heed the advice of local officials. Listen to local media or NOAA radio for the latest updates. People can also visit www.redcross.org to get up to date Hurricane Irma Response Information, learn how to keep their family and home safe during a hurricane, find open shelters or become a volunteer.