Dublin partners with Red Cross to open evacuee shelters

DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Traffic has gotten worse throughout the day Thursday as cars move from using all four contraflow lanes to just two normal westbound lanes coming out of Dublin.

Jimmy Rowe and his family are from the Savannah area, heading to Atlanta to see some family and get away from the wind and rain.

“It could get up to 75 miles an hour–it’s changed so much in the last couple of days,” said Rowe.

Rowe’s not alone–thousands of people will need a bed and supplies as the storm continues to move toward the coast.

That’s why the traffic is so backed up.

“We’ll be able to house somewhere in the neighborhood of 1400 people here,” said Disaster Program Specialist for the West Central Georgia Red Cross Peggy Bentz

She and her crew set up a big shelter at Dublin High School.

“This is a plan that we work on all year so we pretty much got it–just getting it set up now,” said Bentz.

But it’s more than just a plan on paper for Bentz.

“I’ve worked many shelters and I can tell you that for them it’s going to be their salvation,” said Bentz. “They’re gonna look to other people for the warmth, for the food, for their spiritual needs.”

It’s a way to serve people who truly need it.

“I have pride you know because these people are facing something that’s horrible,” said Bentz. “Because you know it is, they’re having to leave their home. some of them are separated from family. You know so it’s really hard on them and whenever I can give them a hug or I can give them a blanket and a cot and say you’re safe and we’ve got this. You know that’s a blessing. That just makes me smile.”

The American Red Cross is looking for donations to help the shelters.

If you want to help, head over to the South Central Health District Facebook page.

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