Shelters in Chattanooga are now closed because it's safe for evacuees to return to the Carolinas.

Some people have decided to make Chattanooga their new permanent home.

For years, Narhonda Jackson lived in Hope Mills, North Carolina. She was there when Hurricane Matthew hit in 2016.

“I just remember the winds were powerful,” said Narhonda Jackson. “We were out of power for almost six days. Once I heard that Hurricane Florence was coming, I figured the best thing to do was evacuate.”

Jackson decided to leave Hope Mills when people in surrounding cities were told to evacuate.

Jackson, her daughter, and dogs stayed in the Red Cross shelter for a few days so she could get back on her feet. She says the social services department is developing a plan to help her.

“What do you do for a living? How can I help you? What did you lose? What all can you get back and finding another place to stay,” said Jackson.

She's now determined not to return home after Florence has passed. Instead, she's staying in Chattanooga. Jackson has a few family members in the area and says she's ready for a fresh start.

“I actually looked at it just enough to know I made the best decision to leave. Right now, I don't plan on going back,” said Jackson.

During her stay in the shelter, she filled out job applications. She says Chattanooga is a great spot to continue her medical career.

“Clinical research, cardiology, phlebotomy, anything under the medical aspect. I was a medical technician,” said Jackson.

The Jackson family isn't the only family from the Red Cross shelter in Chattanooga who will be staying from the disaster.