In preparation for the influx of evacuees, multiple businesses and locations are opening their doors and offering their services to help those in need.
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway, located about 25 miles south of Atlanta, has opened its campgrounds for evacuees trying to escape Hurricane Florence’s path.
- The speedway’s Legends Campgrounds is free for those using dry RVs and tents.
- The nearby Rinnai Shower Station is providing evacuees free access to hot showers and restrooms.
- For $20 per day, the speedway also has a limited number of camping spaces with water, power and sewer hookups.
- Pets are allowed to stay free of charge.
Directions to the speedway and a detailed map are available on the Atlanta Motor Speedway website. For more information, call 770-946-4211.
Airbnb has activated its Open Homes program to help residents who have been evacuated due to Hurricane Florence.
- Hosts in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia communities can take part in the program and list their homes for free to evacuees and emergency relief workers in the affected areas.
- The program started September 10, 2018 and is set to go until October 1, 2018 (will be extended if necessary).
If you would like to make your home available for the program or if you need free housing, visit the Air BnB Hurricane Florence page.
InterContinental Hotels Group (which includes brands Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Crown Plaza Hotels and Resorts) is welcoming pets free of charge in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida, and Washington D.C. All IHG hotels in those areas are also waiving cancellation fees during the storm.
Georgia State Parks
Georgia State Parks, including campsites and cottages, are open to evacuees.
- All cabins will be allowed to accommodate domestic pets. Pet fees will be waived during this weather event.
- Parks that currently have overnight equestrian facilities will allow visitors traveling with horses to use portable corrals and high lines (with tree saver straps). AH Stephens State Park will utilize the event field as an overflow for their equestrian campground.
Visit the Georgia State Parks website for information about parks, updates and how to rent facilities.
Additional Resources and Offerings:
Several Atlanta restaurants are offering special discounts and perks to evacuees and spreading the news on social media using the hashtag #AtlantaKindess. See the list of participating restaurants. If you would like to participate, email Urban Enterprises.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross mobile app provides information about what to do before, during and after the hurricane. It also helps identify water availability and shelters and helps people track their loved ones. Download the app on your Apple phone. Download the app on your Android phone.
U-Haul companies across the southeast U.S. are offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container usage at 94 facilities to residents who may be impacted by heavy rains and extreme winds associated with Hurricane Florence.
Click here to get a list of the 94 U-Haul locations offering 30 days of free self-storage.