ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Governor Nathan Deal has urged residents in coastal Georgia to evacuate as a dangerous hurricane takes aim at them.
Southwest Georgia may not feel major effects from the storm, but thousands of hurricane evacuees are riding out Matthew in the area.
Recruits and other Marines started to arrive at MCLB late Wednesday night, and around 6,000 people are expected.
Folks said they were ready and things are going just as planned.
From hotels to the marine base, folks in Albany are ready to help.
"All Albanians just welcome these people in and try to make them feel welcome, at home and special since they are out of their own houses," said Bo Henry, Merry Acres Inn Co-owner.
MCLB Albany is hosting close to 6,000 military recruits and personnel. Many of them arrived Wednesday night from the Parris Island marine base.
"It is a privilege if you will to make sure they are in a place where they can be safe and continue their training," said Col. James C. Carroll III, MCLB commanding officer.
Carroll said the base was more than prepared for their arrival.
"We go through a series of exercises throughout the year to ensure that we are ready for events of this nature should they occur," said Carroll.
They aren't in need of too much more.
Recruits and other personnel come as a package, bringing with them meals and other necessities like showers, but Carroll said he is thankful for the community's support.
"I've talked to our city leaders. We have reached out to some of them and everyone is ready to help if needed," said Carroll.
While help isn't needed at the base, the community is helping house those fleeing for shelter.
Henry said the Merry Acres Inn is full.
"It definitely has been pretty hectic," said Henry.
He said they've had people coming from Florida and Georgia's east coast.
Now, he's just trying to do what he can to make them smile.
"We just want to make their stay as good as we possibly can and be a good host in a time of need," said Henry.
As far as training goes, the recruits will continue to do as much as they can while they're staying at the Albany base.