Find Shelter from Hurricane Irma
Governor Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for 94 Georgia counties in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. The governor has also issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County, and some areas west of I-95. See if you're in a mandatory evacuation area with the governor's map (JPG).
Hurricane Irma is on its way. If you’re in Irma’s path, prepare now to take shelter.
Location information last updated September 8, 2017 at 6:40 p.m. Find new shelters as they open up with the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency and Georgia State Parks.
Red Cross Shelters
The following Red Cross shelter locations are currently open:
East Macon Park
3326 Ocmulgee E Boulevard
Macon, Georgia 3127
North Macon Park Community Center
815 N Macon Park Drive
Macon, Georgia 31210
Columbus Civic Center
400 4th Street
Columbus, Georgia 31901
Westside High School
1002 Patriots Way
Augusta, Georgia 30904
Ware County High School
700 Victory Drive
Waycross, Georgia 31503
Blackshear Trail Elementary School
1001 Blackshear Road
Cordele, Georgia 31015
The following campgrounds are currently open for hurricane evacuees:
West Point Lake
The West Point Lake Holiday campground is open to evacuees. You are encouraged to call the campground in advance at 706-884-6818. You’ll register upon arrival at the campground gatehouse. Please provide identification to verify that you live in one of the impacted areas.
Holiday Campground (West Point Lake)
954 Abbottsford Road
LaGrange, Georgia 30240
The park is located off GA Highway 109, about 10 miles west of LaGrange, GA.
Atlanta Motor Speedway
The Atlanta Motor Speedway unreserved camping facilities are open, free of charge, to hurricane evacuees for RV and tent camping. For more information, call the speedway at 770-946-4211.
Atlanta Motor Speedway Camping
75 Turnipseed Road
Hampton, Georgia 30228
From GA Highway 19/41, enter the facility at Entrance “E,” and unreserved campgrounds will be on your left.
From I-75 and GA Highway 20, follow Lower Woolsey road to Entrance "H" and the Speedway Credential Building. Make a right into Speedway property and then another immediate right onto Richard Petty Boulevard. Follow Richard Petty Boulevard and turn left into Entrance "G". The campgrounds will be on your right.
Find a map of the speedway online (PDF), and visit the ticket office and gift store building for on-site assistance.
Shelters Opening Soon
The following shelter locations will open this weekend:
Dublin High School (opens September 9 at 7 a.m.)
1127 Hillcrest Parkway
Dublin, Georgia 31021
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (opens September 9 at 8 a.m.)
2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, Georgia 31793
Leroy Rogers Recreation Center (opens September 9 at 10 a.m.)
315 2nd Street West
Tifton, Georgia 31794
Plan your evacuation route, and make sure to consider the less-congested alternatives to interstate highways.
The I-75 South Metro Express Lanes are now open to northbound traffic only, free of charge. This applies only to the South Metro Express Lanes in Henry and Clayton counties. Tractor-trailers are prohibited from using the lanes.
Starting tomorrow at 8 a.m., all I-16 lanes will be westbound from Savannah to U.S. Route 441 in Dublin.
More on evacuation routes from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Hurricane Driving Information | Georgia Department of Transportation
Get Ready for Hurricanes | Ready Georgia
Irma Maps and Updates | National Weather Service