Shirley Winston Recreation Center in Columbus opens evacuation center for Hurricane Michael

Shirley Winston Recreation Center in Columbus opens evacuation center for Hurricane Michael

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Shirley Winston Park off Steam Mill Road doors are open and the Red Cross disaster relief volunteers are have been on hand since last night welcoming locals who don’t feel safe, and people evacuating from the coast.

Bracing hurricane Michael, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are prepared for the worst by preparing meals and resources for the families taking shelter.

“As we prepare for the storm to hit right here, we are getting our meals ready and letting people know we are ready to respond how ever we’re needed. We’re working with community partners that are essential during storms like this,”said Cpt. Josh Hinson with the Salvation Army.

They are asking you to bring your own cots, sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, and belongings.

People who live in mobile homes or anywhere you’re unsure if you’re safe, seeking shelter elsewhere is best.

As of now they are calling it an evacuation center and the red cross says they are prepared to turn it into a full shelter.

'If needed we do have cots we can bring in and other disaster supplies that we can bring in for the comfort and safety of the clients that would be here. The Salvation Army will be providing the food meals for us in the event that should occur. We also have snacks and water,"said Manager Tom Ahr.

DFACS of Columbus also stepping in.

“With DFACS, we’re excited to be able to come in and support not only the children but all the evacuees. But, to focus on the children and make sure they have diapers and wipes, everything that’s needed as we would call it safe sleep in place,” said Cory Neal with DFACS.

The possibility of Hurricane Michael making its way to the Chattahoochee Valley is real.

If you head to the Shirley Winston Recreation Center, don’t forget to bring all your belongings.

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