ATLANTA – As thousands of people evacuating from the east coast because of Hurricane Florence, many of them are heading toward Georgia.
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
The Atlanta Motor Speedway is again opening its campsites to hurricane evacuees. Like last year, the campground will be free of charge for dry RV and tent campers in the Legends Campground. For full hookup sites, it will cost $20 a night.
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 certain areas.
GEORGIA STATE PARKS
The Georgia State Parks are welcoming evacuees and their pets and said they can accommodate horses at certain parks. Campsites and cottages are still available and “dry camping” outside of normal camping areas is available for no charge, according to their website.
Ten 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.
FOR LOCATIONS: 94 U-Haul locations offering 30 days of free self-storage
Legoland Discovery Center is offering half-price tickets for Hurricane Florence evacuees to help give struggling families a little bit of fun according to the press release. The offer is for walk-up guests only and anyone with identification from coastal regions of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
The Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia is offering free admission to those displaced by Hurricane Florence this weekend. The park says if you are displaced into the area and can provide a valid ID or proof of residency from a county under an evacuation order, you get a free ticket to the park.
The Atlanta Braves are welcoming Hurricane Florence evacuees by offering them free tickets to the Washington Nationals series this weekend.
Team officials also said all proceeds from the 50/50 Raffle during the games this weekend will benefit Red Cross efforts for the hurricane.
If you’re evacuating with your pet and plan to stay in a hotel, there have been a number of viral social media posts claiming a federal law mandates that hotels, motels, and shelters take your pet in if you’re under a state of emergency.
This is NOT true – and it’s dangerous for people to leave their homes thinking they can go to any hotel they want and it will be mandated to take them. Hotels and motels never have a legal obligation to allow any animals inside other than service animals.
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