ON YOUR SIDE: How to stay up to date with emergency alerts on Hurricane Dorian

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- We are on your side with a few resources that can help you stay up to date with the latest local emergency service alerts on Hurricane Dorian.

For people who live in Richmond County or Columbia County, you can download the "Code Red" app for emergency alerts. You can also text "Augusta" to 99411 to start the sign up process where you can receive text, email, or call alerts.

In the event of an emergency that directly affects your safety, the EMA can quickly communicate important information to everyone who is registered within this system.

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www.augustaga.gov/1443/Public-Sign-Up-Page

To find out what Red Cross emergency shelters are available in your area, you can visit this link:

www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html 

In South Carolina, you can download the "SC Emergency Manager" app. It's designed for people to build their own emergency plans, to keep track of supplies and to stay connected to loved ones.

In addition, coastal residents can now “Know Your Zone” instantly using the maps feature as well as locate the nearest emergency shelters when they are open.

The tools section features a flashlight, locator whistle and the ability to report damage to emergency officials. The SC Emergency Manager can function without the need of a data connection, which is useful when basic utilities are offline.

www.scemd.org/stay-informed/mobile-applications/

Displaced residents can now find free housing options through Airbnb's "Open Homes Program". It's designed to help displaced residents and relief workers deployed to the southeast region impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

The program recruits hosts who are willing and able to provide free housing to displaced residents and disaster relief workers in the activation area. The program is currently activated in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama.

www.airbnb.com/dorianmainland

If an evacuee is traveling by RV, The U.S Army Corps of Engineers has about 20 campsites available at Modoc Campground. It is on a first-come-first-served basis. Call (803)333-2272 to check for availability.

Bamberg County will open a shelter today at 7 p.m. at Voorhees College in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center in Denmark, SC.

The NHC Bluffton will be evacuating patients to NHC North Augusta. For more information, click here.

Animal owners should refer to Clemson University's website for helpful information about Emergency Preparedness for animals.

To keep track of the roads, you'll want to check GDOT and SCDOT.

GDOT map and evacuation routes:

www.dot.ga.gov/DS/Emergency/Hurricane

SCDOT:

www.511sc.org/

SCDOT evacuation routes:

scdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html