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Albany church opens its doors as storm shelter

Cots are already out and ready for those who need to seek shelter from the storm. (Source: WALB) Cots are already out and ready for those who need to seek shelter from the storm. (Source: WALB)
Volunteers with the American Red Cross have opened a storm shelter for those who need it. (Source: WALB) Volunteers with the American Red Cross have opened a storm shelter for those who need it. (Source: WALB)
Oakridge Baptist Church has turned into a storm shelter for those who need it. (Source: WALB) Oakridge Baptist Church has turned into a storm shelter for those who need it. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

With Dougherty County now under a State of Emergency, if you and your family do need to take shelter from Alberto, a church has opened its doors for you to do just that.

"We don't discriminate. If you need us, we're here at Oakridge," said Glenda Turner an administrator at Oakridge Baptist Church.

Glenda Turner has been working with the American Red Cross and Dougherty County to open the doors of her church for anyone in the community that needs to seek shelter from Monday night's heavy rains and winds.

"We have cots, an area for the children, shelter, of course, showers and food," explained Turner.

The Dougherty County Commission declared a State of Emergency and leaders are urging families to seek shelter at the church.

"When there's the consensus that there needs to be a shelter or relief supplies, or what have you, then the Red Cross can be there, and that we're there Johnny on the spot," said Executive Director Andy Brubaker with the American Red Cross of Southwest Georgia.

The American Red Cross begins working with the 19 Southwest Georgia counties it covers about 120 hours out from a big storm.

"With the Flint River that we're all watching with intent and concern for our citizens, we want to be in the best preparations as possible," explained Brubaker.

Brubaker said families living near low-lying areas or near creeks and rivers should monitor the storms more than others and should go to the shelter if there is flooding.

"If for some reason you are staying at home, make sure you have food and water for a couple days. Make sure you have medications and a plan for your animals," said Brubaker.

As for the volunteers keeping the shelter running, Turner said they'll be there, "As long as we need to be."

The shelter is still open. If you need to take shelter, you can come here at any point on Monday night.

Oakridge Baptist Church is located at 1708 West Oakridge Drive in Albany.

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