5 Red Cross shelters in Tennessee ahead of Irma’s arrival

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The American Red Cross has opened five shelters in Tennessee ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, two shelters are open for evacuees in Nashville and one each in Chattanooga, Johnson City and Memphis.

In addition, the Tennessee Department of Tourism is providing a list of available hotel and motel availability to visitors at Tennessee Welcome Centers.  Tennessee is a destination for some Floridians fleeing the hurricane that made landfall Sunday.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville is monitoring Irma’s movement toward Tennessee and preparing to assist local jurisdictions.

Forecasters expect the storm to be a tropical depression by the time it arrives near Jackson by late Tuesday or early Wednesday, bringing wind gusts up to 55 mph and up to 3 inches of rain.

The following is a list of the shelters now open in Tennessee:

• Christ Lutheran Church, 229 Haywood Lane, Nashville, TN 37211

• East Brainerd Church of Christ, 7745 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421

• First Lutheran Church, 118 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

• University Parkway Baptist Church, 219 University Parkway, Johnson City, TN 37604

• Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 N. Bellevue Boulevard, Memphis, TN

More details from TEMA:

The American Red Cross encourages anyone coming to an emergency shelter to bring
personal items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medication, extra clothes, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and important documents.

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 Tennessee Department of Tourism asks Hurricane Irma evacuees check at Tennessee Welcome Centers for a list of available hotel and motel accommodations as lodging availability is constantly being updated.

The State of Tennessee has deployed a total of 151 personnel in specialized teams to directly assist local officials and Hurricane Irma survivors in Florida for the next eight-to-14 days.

The teams include a 40-person nurse strike team; five ambulance strike teams with 57 members; three urban search & rescue teams with 40 personnel; two health incident management teams with 10 personnel; and a four-member team of emergency management officials.

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