Shelters and Animals
Many storm shelters do not accept pets. West Alabama Animal Rescue already has a number of foster homes set up to take pets for the short term. They are also looking for more foster homes. The Emergency Animal Rescue Service in Birmingham also can house pets (primarily dogs, cats and horses) - the boarding is offered at no cost.
West Alabama Animal Rescue: 205-333-7753
In cooperation with the American Red Cross and the Emergency Management Authority, The Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority is preparing to serve as emergency shelter for Alabamians seeking refuge from hurricane Ivan.
The Jerry Belk Activity Center was activated Wednesday as a primary emergency evacuation center. The Belk Center is located at 2101 Bowers Park Drive, off McFarland Boulevard just north of Interstate 20. Shelton State Community College is also a Red Cross designated emergency evacuation center. Both centers are open to those fleeing the hurricane-related conditions of the Gulf Coast.
For more information about the shelter services, contact the American Red Cross at 205-758-3608 or the EMA at 205-349-0150.
The Montgomery County Commission is announcing two emergency shelters in south Montgomery County are opening: one at the Pintlala Baptist Church, which is located at the intersection of Federal Road and Highway 31 near Moseley's store, and the other at Dunbar School in Ramer.
The American Red Cross has shelters open for outside evacuees in the following areas. Frazer United Methodist on the Atlanta Highway, and the First United Methodist 100 E. 4th Street.
The Salvation Army has opened a shelter on 900 Bell Street for anyone in need. For more information call, 265-0281. Food and water will be provided.
The Crenshaw County EMA is opening shelters at the following locations: Crenshaw County Courthouse, First Baptist Church Brantley, South Luverne Baptist.
The Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Alabama is serving as an American Red Cross evacuation site for those needing shelter. Rooms are assigned on a first come first serve basis.