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Resources for Irma evacuees coming to Alabama

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Several resources are available for the thousands of evacuees seeking shelter in Alabama. 

UPDATES ON IRMA'S PROGRESS

SHELTERS

With hotels reaching full capacity across the state, several shelters are opening to receive evacuees. 

  • Alabama State University's Dunn-Oliver Acadome is open as a shelter. It's located at 915 S Jackson Street in Montgomery. 
     
  • The EMA is compiling a statewide list of shelters for the American Red Cross 
     
  • The Montgomery Raceway Park is also opening its doors to evacuees with mobile homes, race cars, or large equipment to store them at their facility.
     
  • Montgomery, Houston, Covington, and Coffee counties are opening shelters to receive livestock from areas in Irma's path. Shelters also opened Friday in Autaugaville and Huntsville. The Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries asks people to call the shelter before arrival to make a reservation and assure the shelter can accommodate their needs. This map shows the locations of all six shelters.
     
  • The City of Montgomery's Visitor Center website is being updated with information for Irma evacuees.
     
  • The Alabama Tourism Department is also tracking hotel availability for evacuees seeking rooms. Evacuees can call 1-800-Alabama. 
     
  • Check here for overnight availability at Alabama State Parks. 

Other areas of Alabama are opening shelters for evacuees:

  • Talladega County (The Talladega Superspeedway will be open for evacuees to camp on)
     
  • Heritage Baptist Church at 1951 Westgate Parkway is open to evacuees, and the Cornerstone Church at 2685 John D. Odom Road will open at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.  
     
  • The National Peanut Festival at 5622 Highway 231 South in Dothan has 400 complimentary RV sites available. No hook-ups. 
     
  • The Landmark Park at 430 Landmark Dr. in Dothan is offering evacuees a space to set up camp with RVs and tents extending through Sept. 15. Evacuees must call and arrive during park hours, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Livestock trailers are welcome and pets are allowed as long as they stay on leashes. The charge is $15 per day per site. There are no hook-ups for RVs. 
     
  • Henry County has two Red Cross shelters: The First Baptist Church located at 301 East Church Street in Headland and the United Methodist Church located at 100 West Kelly Street in Abbeville.  
     
  • The Cornerstone Ministries Church is open to evacuees in Tallapoosa County. The church is located at 85 Midway Circle Jacksons Gap. 

Troy University Athletics is working with the the City of Troy, local hotels, churches and campgrounds where evacuees are staying to offer tickets to those who may want to go to the ASU-Troy Hotel. Evacuees need to check where they are staying for availability. Troy University Athletics is also giving up some of their hotel rooms normally reserved for game weekends to evacuees. 

TRAFFIC

  • Alabama State Troopers have noted an increase in traffic in south Alabama and are monitoring conditions and concentrating patrol operations on main roadways in support of neighboring states' evacuation efforts. 
     
  • The City of Dothan in southeast Alabama has issued a traffic advisory as evacuation traffic packs the roadways. The city advises motorists avoid South Oates Street (US 231 S), the west side of Ross Clark Circle (AL 210) and the Montgomery Highway (US 231 N) when possible. Motorists who must use these routes should drive with caution and expect delays. Heavy evacuation traffic is expected to continue through next week.

The City of Dothan also released a statement regarding alleged gas shortages, stating:

We have received information that the gas stations in Dothan, Alabama are out of fuel due to the high number of evacuees from Florida. At this time, we have no reason to believe this is factual. According to City Manager Mike West, "There may be isolated providers that are out of a particular grade of fuel; however, this is not the case at all stores. All hotels in the City are sold out through the weekend but the City of Dothan stands ready to assist those coming from Florida in any way that can." 

  • The City of Troy mayor, Jason Reeves, asks everyone to be patient on Highway 231 as evacuees pass through. Reeves says to keep this route in mind should traffic congest more than they are already: anyone south of town can take 167 S, turn right on Pike County Lake Road, turn left on Henderson Highway, turn right on Blind Jack Road, turn right on US 29 N and then over 231 via the overpass to Montgomery St. with the inverse working from the north side of town. 
     
  • ALDOT is working along Interstate 10 in south Alabama to tend to crashes as quickly as possible to keep traffic from backing up. As most traffic flows northbound along major routes such as U.S. Highways 231, 331 and 431, traffic lights have been adjusted to give priority to those traveling north.

THINGS TO DO

  • Many businesses around Montgomery are offering discounts to Hurricane evacuees. Click this link for a complete list. City officials say the list will continue to be updated as the weekend progresses.
     
  • Landmark Park in Dothan is adding extra activities to its schedule for the influx of evacuees. The park will show educational movies in its interpretive center auditorium and will have a planetarium show every day for the next week at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children and free for children two and under. For more information on activities visit their website
     
  • Evacuees staying in Troy can use the Recreation Center at 601 Enzor Road, free of charge to anyone with a Florida ID.
     
  • Blossman Gas will be offering a free, hot meal to evacuees at the Prattville Doster Community Center at 424 S Northington St. 36067 beginning at 4 p.m. Monday. Around 600 meals will be prepared and served. 
     
  • Holt Street Memorial Baptist Church at 1870 South Court Street at Fairview is offering free meals to Hurricane Irma evacuees beginning Tuesday morning from 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

FUELING UP

PET HELP

  • The Montgomery Humane Society says it will provide shelter to any displaced people's pets. If your pet has a particular type of food it needs, please bring it. Please make sure your pet's microchip contact information is up-to-date. The MCHS is located at 1150 John Overton Drive in Montgomery.
     
  • Carriage Hills Animal Hospital at 3200 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36116 is boarding pets for evacuees and is offering a 20 percent discount. 

FURTHER ASSISTANCE

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange advises Irma evacuees to use the zip code 36104 for 211 for service calls. Visitors in Montgomery can also check out this link for all of their needs during their stay. 

Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency for Alabama ahead of Irma. Evacuees can use this link to find helpful information about services throughout the state. 

LODGING VACANCIES

Also, check out this list below of lodging vacancies within the state, compiled by the Alabama Tourism Department. Department officials say this list will be updated daily until the crisis passes.

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