State & Local EMA Officials Keeping A Watch On Hurricane Irma. Information For Evacuees Can Be Found Here

State and Local EMA Officials are closely monitoring the latest conditions as Hurricane Irma approaches.

Irma has weakened slightly but remains a strong Category 4 Hurricane. The latest forecast track has shifted westward. Further shifts westward in the track could have large changes in the forecast.

How will Irma impact Northeast Alabama? Winds will be higher over the eastern half of the state. From Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon, sustained winds of 25-35 mph will occur, with some gusts approaching 40-50 mph near the center of Irma. Expect 2-3 inches of rainfall over the area during this time frame with the possibility of higher amounts in some areas. Localized or minor flooding of rivers, streams, and low lying areas are possible in locations which received multiple episodes of heavy rainfall.

Expect some lingering showers on Wednesday; The heaviest rain, strongest winds, and tornado potential will be on the east side of the center.

The Alabama Tourism Agency is tracking hotel availability; Florida evacuees can call 1-800-ALABAMA for the latest information.

Locally, there are several lodging facilities with vacancies. A number of Florida evacuees have already made their way into northeast Alabama and Cherokee County to get out of the hurricanes direct and violent path.

  • The Bay Springs Country Inn & Marina – Camping & RV – 130 County Road 112 Centre, Al 35960, 256-927-3618
  • Days Inn – 1585 West Main Street Centre, Al 35960, 256-927-1090
  • Weiss Lake Lodge – 998 Cedar Bluff Road Centre, Al 35960. 256-927-1501


Cherokee County EMA Director Shawn Rogers says that he is monitoring lodging availability on a daily basis. Cherokee County currently doesn’t have any shelters open due to the lack of need at this time however if the need does arise, shelters will be opened.

The American Red Cross also has shelters open at the following two locations:

  • Alabama State University Acadome in Montgomery
  • Baldwin County Coliseum in Robertsdale


Red Cross Shelter openings will be coordinated between the Red Cross, Alabama DHR, Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Alabama Department of Public Health. The current plan is a ‘tiered response/openings’ of shelters and only opening shelters as necessary because resources do not exist to open a shelter in each county.

Evacuees in need of an American Red Cross shelter should contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or dial 211.

Below is a list of shelters located around the state of Alabama for Florida residents fleeing Hurricane Irma. Livestock shelters are also included. This information will be updated as more shelters open.

Individual Shelters:

  • ASU Acadome (ASU Campus)
    915 South Jackson Street,
    Montgomery, AL 36106
    Contact: Christina Thornton or Tony Simmons
  • Talladega Superspeedway
    3366 Speedway Blvd
    Lincoln, AL 35096
    Contact: Allen Watson
  • Ponderosa Bible Camp
    1018 Co Rd 734
    Mentone, AL 35984
    Contact: Michael Posey
  • Baldwin County Coliseum
    19477 Fairground Rd
    Robertsdale, Al
  • No Limit Church
    92 Deepwoods Drive
    Valley Grande, AL
    Contact: Toya Stiles
  • Blue Springs State Park
    595 AL-10, Cilo, AL
    Contact: Joe Clark
  • Gulf State Park
    20115 State Hwy 135
    Gulf Shores, Al 36542
  • Lake Point State Park
    104 Old Hwy 165
    Eufaula, Al 36027
  • RV Park at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
    1000 RV Trace
    Hoover, AL 35244
    Contact: 205-739-7364
  • Westgate Church of Christ
    619 Westgate Pkwy
    Dothan, AL


 Livestock Shelters:

  • Garrett Coliseum
    1555 Federal Dr.
    Montgomery, AL 36107
    Contact: Randy Stephenson
  • Houston County Farm Center
    1701 E Cottonwood Rd
    Dothan, AL 36301
    Contact: Mickey Sego
  • 5 County Complex
    1055 E McKinnon St
    New Brockton, AL 36351
    Contact: Gavin Mauldin
  • AL A&M Agribition Center
    4925 Moore’s Mill Rd
    Huntsville, AL 35811
    Contact: Altonio Smith
  • R.H. Kirkpatrick Arena
    2224 Highway 14
    Autaugaville, AL 36003
    Contact: Lee Pittman 334-850-7994
  • Pike County Cattleman
    4100 US Hwy 231 South
    Troy, AL 36081
    Contact: 334 566-0892


Alabama State Parks are currently available for overnight stay and pet friendly locations.  Find more by visiting

For hotel occupancy information call 800Alabama or visit


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