Fultondale serving as a safe port for evacuees running from Irma

Families in the areas expected to be the hardest hit prepare to evacuate.

With the clean-up just barely underway in Texas after Harvey's devastation, states to the east are taking note and people are getting out as early as possible.

"I understand what these people are going through as evacuees, as citizens from Florida, moving up to get some accommodations. [There is] a lot of stress and anxiety involved, so here at our hotel we want to make it as accommodating as possible," said the General Manager of Fairfield Inn and Suites Byron Baldwin.

Baldwin says he has been a victim of hurricanes and knows just how important it is to have a place to lay your head.

"The state of Alabama will book up quick," said Baldwin.

Those bright signs in the sky take on a whole new meaning to evacuees - shining as a beacon, a safe port in the storm.

It's more than just a place to lay your head as a weary traveler who lost everything.

Candie Mayfield Executive Director of the chamber of commerce knows this - that's why she's working with local businesses to see how the city can help.

"[We want to know] how are we going to be able to help them, because we can't go there," said Mayfield.

She says she is gathering information for evacuees, such as which hotels accommodate pets, local events to keep minds from going home - there's even talk about holding special events for evacuees in the city.

She says they've also reached out to other cities to keep track of vacancies.

"Anywhere you go over the next week, you will be taken care of in any way," said Mayfield.

The number for the Fultondale Chamber of Commerce is 205-607-0169.

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