Representatives of Glynn County government, Safe Harbor and United Way of Coastal Georgia met Friday to plan for the Day of Action, a drive to get members of the public who may need the Need a Ride program to register for it in advance of potential emergencies.
In a state of emergency, the Need a Ride program offers to transport members of the public to safer locations, as it did in 2016 and 2017 when hurricanes Matthew and Irma, respectively, winged the Golden Isles.
To make sure the county is as prepared as it can be if the Need a Ride program is needed again, it partnered with United Way and Safe Harbor, among others to organize the Day of Action on June 22, said Janelle Harvey, volunteer and community services coordinator with United Way.
Volunteers will be available at locations around Brunswick from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sign people up for the program, Harvey said. Anyone who thinks they may need a ride in the event of another emergency can sign up for the program at several locations.
Some of the locations haven’t been finalized, but Harvey said she expects to have volunteers stationed at Goodwill in the Village at Glynn Place shopping center; the Well, 1101 Gloucester St. in downtown Brunswick; Mana House, 1408 G St. at its intersection with Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.; Mary Ross Park in downtown Brunswick; Southeast Georgia Health System hospital, 2415 Parkwood Drive, and Pello’s Body Shop, 3749 Altama Ave.
Harvey said United Way hopes to recruit 100 volunteers to man the sign-up tables, and still needs more. For more information about the program or to volunteer, contact Harvey by phone at 912-265-1850 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People can also register online at glynncounty.org/forms.aspx?FID=63.
In the event of another emergency, evacuation buses will pick up residents from Lanier Plaza, 1919 Glynn Ave. in Brunswick, Mary Ross Park, Glynn Place Mall, 219 Mall Blvd., United Pentecostal Church, 5608 New Jesup Highway, Harris Teeter, 600 Sea Island Road on St. Simons Island, and Bay Harbor Church of God, 3210 U.S. Highway 82.
The Need a Ride has existed for years, but until Matthew struck, only 27 people had signed up for the program, Harvey said.
When it came time to transport residents to American Red Cross shelters, several hundred people showed up at the pick-up points, said Alec Eaton, Glynn County Emergency Management Agency specialist.