HCOEM, Red Cross opens Florence evacuee shelter

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Hurricane Florence continues to threaten the coastal Carolinas, southern Virginia and Georgia Thursday. Meteorologists expect it to make landfall Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Hundreds of thousands have been told to evacuate their homes, as Florence’s threat radius widens.

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Here in Hamilton County, the American Red Cross has partnered with Hamilton County Emergency Management to open up an evacuee shelter at the Brainerd Youth and Family Development Center.

A disaster animal response team will also be on site with a pet shelter for all those traveling with their pets.

The organizations are asking for financial donations and volunteers to help in preparation of the influx of evacuees.

To donate to the American Red Cross, the American Red Cross website or text FLORENCE to 90999 to give a $110 donation.

If you would like to become a volunteer, contact the American Red Cross Chattanooga Chapter at (423) 265-3455 or visit their website.

For Volunteer Training for Shelter Management, call (423) 265-3455.

For Hotel/Motel availability, contact the Chattanooga Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at (800) 322-3344.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."