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GEMA announces shelter openings

POSTED: September 8, 2017 2:48 p.m.

The following is a list of shelters, as well as their open times. As additional shelter information becomes available, GEMA will update the list at their web-site at: http://www.gema.ga.gov 

American Red Cross Shelters:Individuals with Functional and Access Needs are welcome at all general population shelters and are encouraged to bring any medications and equipment with them. 

East Macon Park: OPEN

3326 Ocmulgee E Blvd., Macon, GA 31217

North Macon Park Community Center: OPEN

815 N Macon Park Dr., Macon, GA 31210

Columbus Civic Center: OPEN

400 4th Street, Columbus, GA

Westside High: opens at 5 p.m. on Friday

1002 Patriots Way, Augusta, GA 30904

Waycross High School: opens at 5 p.m. on Friday

700 Victory Dr., Waycross, GA 31503

Blackshear Trail Elementary: opens at 6 p.m. on Friday

1001 Blackshear Road, Cordele, GA 31015

Dublin High School: opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday

1127 Hillcrest Parkway, Dublin, GA 31021

Abraham Baldwin College: opens at 8 a.m. on Saturday

2802 Moore Highway, Tifton, GA

Leroy Rogers Recreation Center: opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday

315 2nd Street W., Tifton, GA 

Open Campgrounds: 

West Point Lake will open Holiday campground to accommodate evacuees from Hurricane Irma. Registration for a campsite will be handled at Holiday campground gatehouse. Although not required, evacuees are encouraged to call Holiday campground in advance at 706.884.6818. Please provide some form of identification that verifies they reside in one of the impacted areas from this hurricane before obtaining a campsite.

Address: 954 Abbottsford Road, LaGrange, Georgia 30240. The park is located off GA Highway 109, approximately 10 miles west of Lagrange, GA. 

Atlanta Motor Speedway will open its camping facilities free of charge on their unreserved campground facilities to evacuees seeking temporary refuge from the approaching Hurricane Irma. The speedway will open its facilities Thursday. Evacuees will have free access to hot

showers and restroom facilities at the Rinnai Shower Station camper bath house. For more information, contact the speedway at (770) 946-4211 or go to www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.  

Equine Evacuation Site: 

Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter will serve as an equine evacuation site for those in the  line of Hurricane Irma. GNFA has a limited number of stalls available that will be opened to evacuees on a first come, first serve basis, no reservations will be accepted. 

Owners will be required to provide the necessary feed, hay and tack to care for all horses while here. With the limited number of stalls available, equine owners will need to have a secondary site in case they’ve met capacity before arriving in Perry.

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