Inland shelters

Experience has taught planners that the vast majority of evacuees make their decision to leave - including their destinations - as a personal decision. Most evacuees will travel to stay with family and friends. The rest will travel along the interstates and major state highways, to large communities that offer a variety of services like motels and emergency shelters. Georgia does not experience a "shelter deficit" in regards to shelter spaces accessible for the vulnerable coastal areas. The designated Hurricane Evacuation Center communities are:

Primary inland shelter communities


Distance (from Savannah)

Tifton (Tift County)


195 miles

Douglas (Coffee County)


165 miles

Macon (Bibb County)


165 miles

Augusta (Richmond County)


140 miles

Waycross (Ware County)


123 miles

Dublin (Laurens County)


117 miles

Statesboro (Bulloch County)


62 miles



Inland counties will open shelters at the appropriate time based on coordination with the coastal counties and the Red Cross hurricane/tornado watch team. Shelters could be opened at the onset of when either a voluntary or mandatory evacuation is issued. Local and state authorities responsible for activating shelters will make decisions on an event-by-event basis.