Fayetteville offers website and resources for Tampa Bay evacuees fleeing Hurricane Ian

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) – Fayetteville welcomes families displaced by Hurricane Ian with open arms.

The Fayetteville-area Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a unique website for evacuees. It provides contacts and resources for emergency management, as well as hotel availability.

The FACVB said its website and services are set up to help those displaced by the storm and traveling north on Interstate 95.

Fayetteville is using social media, smart devices and visitor offices in Florida to spread the word.

“Somebody’s in Florida coming through here, we can geo-fence them to a point where we can push social media out there to say ‘we’re here to help if you need us,'” Randy Fiveash , the interim president and CEO of the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, said.

Already, evacuees are driving through Fayetteville on I-95 trying to get away from Hurricane Ian.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with my house and all the things we have there,” Tampa resident Alexis Pozo told CBS 17 on Tuesday.

Pozo was heading north on I-95 toward Connecticut when he stopped at a rest area in Fayetteville. Pozo, his wife and three children were only able to grab shoes and clothes before being forced to evacuate.

“We left last night because we have a mandatory evacuation,” he said.

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