DOTHAN, Ala - We continue our storm coverage in Dothan where our Sarah Drake spoke with the chairman of the Houston County Volunteer Organizations against disasters about different shelters and churches that will be available for evacuees.
This afternoon northbound traffic headed from 84 East saw evacuees make their way through Dothan trying to dodge Hurricane Michael, as Panama City Beach issued a mandatory evacuation that started at 6 am this morning.
Many shelters and churches are opened for those evacuees, and with the 6 am evacuation time Cornerstone Church started accepting anyone seeking shelter from the storm this morning at 8 am
Gary Griffin, chairman of Houston County V.O.A.D says the game plan for any evacuees seeking shelter is to go to Cornerstone Church first, and they'll process them, get their information, and if needed open up some secondary churches that will serve as safe havens.
We're using cornerstone as an evacuee processing center, so that way as we open up secondary churches and stuff we can feel those to capacity and keep going down the list of the churches that are going to be opening up, so everybody needs to cornerstone first," Griffin says.
Chairman Griffin also says once the list of places that will be open is finalized and they get the green light, they will publish it online but are asking the people to go to Cornerstone first in order to keep the others from getting flooded with evacuees.
If you are an evacuee looking for shelter Cornerstone Church's address is 2685 John D Odom road, and their phone number is 334-983-1848.