Richmond County EMA press conference details; area evacuees status


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Augusta-Richmond County EMA announced during a press conference on Thursday that 30 were on the way from Chatham County, transporting 630 people evacuating because of Hurricane Matthew.

The evacuees will be housed in a number of Richmond County Schools.

They’ll be provided with three meals per day along with access to restrooms and showering facilities.

Extra security will be provided at these locations, as well.

Principals will be on site to assist the Red Cross with managing the school facilities.

We were also told that Augusta hotels are at capacity, at this time.

50 self-evacuees are being housed at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church on Monte Sano Avenue. Any additional self-evacuees should report there.

All self-evacuees seeking shelter in Augusta can get the latest information about shelter locations by calling Augusta 311 at 706-821-2300, the Georgia Department of Transportation 511 hotline at 877-694-2511, and by receiving updates at

Local residents wanting to donate items for evacuees in Augusta shelters should contact the United Way 211 hotline.


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