UPDATE: A Chattanooga church is serving as a shelter for Hurricane Irma evacuees.

The East Brainerd Church of Christ is working with the Red Cross to help those trying to get away from the storm.

People from Florida and the coastal counties of Georgia have found a temporary home. They traveled for hours and church members are making them feel welcome.

"When Christ says love your neighbor as yourself, you take your neighbor in. Through all the disasters and things that have come through the Chattanooga area, we feel a calling to be able to provide those services for our neighbors," Kevin Lee of the East Brainerd Church of Christ.

That includes a place to sleep, shower, and a hot meal.

Kevin Lee is a long time member of the church and says he's happy to help.

"Opening up our doors and opening up our house for them to share this with us, that's just what we want to able to do for them," Lee said.

The East Brainerd Church of Christ has been a long time partner with the Red Cross when disaster strikes.

Executive Director of the Southeast Tennessee chapter of the Red Cross Julia Wright said the shelter was the nearest option for some evacuees.

"So, as they move through, I think a lot of the hotel rooms, a lot of the shelters are starting to fill up and so, they came into this area looking for a safe place to stay," Wright said.

It's a place that's home for now until Hurricane Irma is gone.

"They're just so appreciative to be able to have a place like this to where they can come and feel safe," Lee said.

Local Red Cross officials said they have sent 38 volunteers to help with hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They're training new volunteers this week to provide relief for those who have already been deployed.

How to Help

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Irma by calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

How to Find A Shelter

The Red Cross has a list of open shelters.


PREVIOUS STORY: The American Red Cross of Southeast TN has opened a shelter at East Brainerd Church of Christ for evacuees of Hurricane Irma. The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to an emergency shelter to bring personal items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medications extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and important documents.

It’s also important to remember special items for children such as diapers, formula, toys and other items for family members who have unique needs.

Shelter location:

  • East Brainerd Church of Christ 7745 East Brainerd Road Chattanooga, TN 37421
  • Liberty Square Church 2011 Liberty Square Drive NE  Cartersville, GA 30120

Hurricane Safety

Find a shelter by visiting redcross.org or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. The Emergency App also puts real time information about the storm and hurricane safety tips at your fingertips. The app is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or clicking here.

Three key safety steps to use for this disaster:

  • Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  • Build an emergency kit that contains supplies for about three days.
  • Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return until officials say it is safe to do so. Find more information on preparedness on redcross.org.

Safe and Well

The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available and open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English. To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative, please contact 1-800 Red Cross.

How to Help

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Irma by clicking here, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.