Hurricane Irma

Quick Links & Evacuee Hosting Sites

updated 9/7/2017 at 6:00 p.m.
updated 9/11/2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Individual Shelter Registration List - Register here if you would like to make your home available to evacuees, if necessary.  

The following NovusWay properties are able to accommodate evacuees.  Please contact Angie Yates at 828-209-6328 or ayates@novusway.comThey are offering half-price accommodations or PAY WHAT YOU ARE ABLE.

Lutheridge - 2049 Upper Laurel Drive, Arden, NC 28704

Lutherock - 84 Camp Luther Road, Newland, NC 28657

Lutheranch - 342 McGinnis Road, Tallapoosa, GA 30176

Corps of Engineers Camp Sites -  go to to make reservations


The following information was published in an ENews Special, 
Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Hurricane Irma is now a powerful Category 5 storm.  Its potential for devastation is significant.  At this time we hold all of those in her path in prayer, even as we continue to pray for all of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  While the path of Irma is still unclear, there are many ways for us to be as prepared as possible for its impact.  Below are some things to consider and do now:
  1. Be sure to tend to the safety of your family. Know your evacuation routes and plan for a place of safe shelter inland for you and your family.  Here is a list of congregations in the Southeastern Synod that are open as shelters for evacuees.  You may contact them directly if you need a place to go.
  2. As you are able in these days leading up to the storm's landfall, activate a "phone tree" or some other means for checking on the members of your congregation to assess needs for assistance during and following the storm.
  3. Rostered ministers should plan to keep in touch with your dean or with the synod office, as you are able, with feedback on how you, your family and your congregation are doing.  Also, your area Disaster Coordinators are listed here.  Please be sure that they have your contact information as they will be vital sources of information if you are in an area of impact. 
  4. For those of you located more inland, if your congregation is not already listed as a shelter site but would like to be, contact Deacon Michelle Angalet.  
  5. Individuals who are willing to open their home to evacuees should go herefor more information and to register.
  6. In the immediate aftermath of a storm people get restless and want to do "anything to help." Please keep in mind that it is not always helpful to jump in when officials are still assessing the safety of the area. Recovery takes a long time and Lutherans are known for being in it for the long haul. Please exercise patience. We will publish additional information concerning needs and volunteer opportunities as soon as it becomes available.
  7. Below are several useful links in preparing for a disaster.  Please take the time to review them, particularly if you are in an area of potential impact. 
Thank you for your partnership in the gospel.  May God's promise to be with us always grant you peace and hope in the midst of any storm.
In Christ,
The Southeastern Synod Staff and the Disaster Ministry Committee  

Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a "state of emergency" for six coastal counties in Georgia.  This is a violent and large storm. Please pay attention to all notices.
More emergency preparedness and response action steps:
Plan an evacuation route
  • Know where to go. 
  • If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. If emergency management officials tell you to leave town because of a hurricane threat, you should leave. 
  • Contact your local emergency management office (check your county's website) or the American Red Cross for local information and for the  community hurricane preparedness plan. This plan should include information on the safest evacuation routes and nearby shelters. Learn safe routes inland. Be ready to drive 20 to 50 miles inland to locate a safe place. 
  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan to obtain adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.  
  • Click here for a list of congregations in the Southeastern Synod that are serving as shelters for evacuees.
Put together a go-bag
  • Your disaster supply kit should include a flashlight; a portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries; cash and credit cards; sturdy shoes; a first aid kit and manual; emergency food and water; a non-electric can opener; medications; and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.  
Make arrangements for pets
  • Pets might not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons. Contact your local animal protection/rescue group for information on local animal shelters in areas you might be staying.
Teach family members what to do
  • Make sure all family members know how to respond before, during and after a hurricane. Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity and water. Teach children how and when to call 911, police or firefighters, and which radio station to tune to for emergency information. 
  • Make a family emergency communication plan. Many communities have text or email alert systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search online using your town, city or county name and the word "alerts." 
  • In case family members are separated during a disaster - a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school - have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address and phone number of the "family contact." 
Protect your windows
  • Permanent shutters are the best protection. A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Use 1/2-inch plywood - marine plywood is best - cut to fit each window. Mark which board fits which window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws. Do this long before the storm. Trim dead or weak branches from trees to reduce the risk of their falling on your home.
Check into flood insurance
  • Homeowners' policies do not cover damage from flooding that accompanies a hurricane. Contact your insurance agent or local emergency management office for information on the National Flood Insurance Program. There is normally a 30-day waiting period before a new policy becomes effective.  
Prepare your church
Know what to give - and what not to give
  • In the wake of a hurricane, Lutheran Disaster Response will collect funds to help meet long-term needs of those impacted by a disaster.  If we experience impact here in the Southeastern Synod, our synod will also collect funds for more immediate relief locally.  We will also work closely with our social ministry organizations such as Lutheran Services of Georgia and Lutheran Services in Tennessee to partner in our response.  Assemble relief-supply kits 
  • As needs become known, more specific ways to give and to help will be shared.
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