The Lee County Red Cross in cooperation with the Lee County Emergency Management Agency will be opening the following shelters for those seeking refuge from Hurricane Dennis:
Philadelphia Baptist Church: 7807 Lee Rd. 246 Smiths, AL, 334-297-0517.
Host Shelter for evacuees and risk population. Scheduled to open by 2:00 p.m. CST, Saturday, July 9, 2005. Capacity 700
Southern Union Community College 1701 Lafayette Pkwy., Opelika, AL; 334-745-6437.
Host shelter for evacuees and risk population. Scheduled to open by 2:00 p.m.. CST, Saturday, July 9, 2005. Capacity 850
Eaves Memorial Coliseum Donahue and Roosevelt Drive, Auburn, AL 334-844-4158
Host shelter for evacuees and risk population. Scheduled to open by 10:00 a.m. CST, Sunday, July 10, 2005. Capacity 1500
Residents are warned not to show up at any shelter before the designated opening times as staff and resources may not yet be in place.
When coming to a shelter please remember to:
- Bring with you the work, home, and cellular telephone numbers and email addresses of friends and family. Contact them if you have evacuated to tell them where you are and when you expect to return home. This will relieve the worry and concern experienced by your loved ones when they call and cannot reach you.
- Keep handy the telephone numbers of these places as well as a road map of your locality. You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged.
- Make arrangements to board pets or leave them with a friend or family member as shelters can not accept pets.
- Take these items with you when evacuating:
- Prescription medications and medical supplies;
- Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows
- Bottled water, battery-operated radio and extra batteries, first aid kit, flashlight
- Car keys and maps
- Documents, including driver's license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.
- Items for babies such as formula, diapers, baby food, wipes etc…
If you are staying at home, assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit including the following Items:
- First aid kit and essential medications
- Canned food and can opener
- At least three gallons of water per person.
- Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries
- Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
- Fill your car's gas tank.
Protect your home and family by:
- Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
- Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood
Note: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking, so taping windows is not recommended.
- Recheck manufactured home tie-downs.
- Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water and medications.
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.
Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243 , Washington , DC 20013 . Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.
Information Provided by Lee County Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross