Sagamore Hills Elementary School students board a DeKalb County school bus for early dismissal as a major winter storm dumps 1 to 3 inches of snow on the metro Atlanta area, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.
Photo: DAVID TULIS / AJC Special
Photo: DAVID TULIS / AJC Special

Snow Jam 2014 | Resources for stranded motorists

You can stay in touch with loved ones by registering at the American Red Cross Safe and Well website. Below is a running list of resources available in your area.


Cedarcrest Church, 4600 Cobb Pkwy. NW, is open. The telephone number is 678-460-3500.


Alpharetta has opened its community center as a temporary shelter for motorists who have become stranded due to hazardous road conditions, according to the city’s website. The shelter is at 175 Roswell St.

“Our Public Safety personnel are encountering numerous motorists who are stranded or have abandoned their vehicles on the roadside,” Alpharetta Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard said in a statement. “As a temporary measure we are activating our community center so that these citizens have a warm place to go until other arrangements can be made. While this is not a Red Cross approved shelter and does not offer cots and other conveniences, it is a warm dry place in which they can be safe.”


If you are stranded and cannot get through to 911, please send the Atlanta Police Department a message through Facebook or Twitter.


Revolution Church, at 125 Union Hill Trail, is taking in stranded motorists.

Cherokee County

Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather has given authorization for any citizen who may be stranded on the road to use any county fire station as a place for shelter. Visit


Highlands Church, 433 Canton Rd., Building 400, is providing shelter and food.

East Cobb

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Rd., is open. Go to the main entrance on the north side for assistance, church officials said.

Fulton County

Fulton County fire stations are available to serve as warming sites and temporary shelters for motorists in the area who may be stranded. Locations:

• Fire Station #1 – 5165 Welcome All Road, College Park

• Fire Station #3 – 4035 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park

• Fire Station #5 – 3175 Bethsaida Road, Fairburn

• Fire Station #7 – 5965 Buffington Road, College Park

• Fire Station #11 – 4760 Fulton Industrial Blvd., Atlanta

• Fire Station #13 – 5890 Plummer Road, Atlanta

• Fire Station #17 – 8675 Ridge Road, Fairburn

• Fire Station #19 – 3965 Aero Drive, Atlanta

• Fire Station #23 – 4121 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta


Call 770-422-2505 and the Kennesaw Police Department will assist you.


Call 770-794-5334 and the Marietta Police Department will assist you.

Marietta First Baptist Church opened its Family Life Center for the night. The church is at 148 Church St., which is two blocks from Marietta Square.

Roswell Street Baptist Church, at 774 Roswell St., opened its gym open for anyone stranded.


Northminster Church, 2400 Old Alabama Road, has food and blankets for anyone who needs help, said Lisa Holland, the spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department.

Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Blvd.

Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Road.

El Jinete Mexican Restaurant, 4651 Woodstock Rd., is offering shelter and food. For more information, call 770-650-0850.

Sandy Springs

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Hammond and Glenridge drives for anyone who is stranded. Call 911 for assistance. Officers  who come across stranded motorists are offering rides to the shelter.


The Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, is open for those stranded in the area.

Los Bravos Mexican Restaurant, 4480 South Cobb Dr., is offering shelter.


Anyone stranded near First Baptist Church Woodstock, 11905 Hwy. 92, can go to the church for shelter.

Elsewhere around metro Atlanta

Home Depot has opened a number of stores in the Atlanta area for stranded motorists and people seeking shelter. Here is a list of the stores that are open: 

  • 106 Kennesaw
  • 111 Merchants Walk
  • 115 Tilly Mill
  • 116 Woodstock
  • 116 Decatur
  • 121 Cumberland
  • 130 Cascade
  • 154 Sandy Springs
  • 156 Acworth
  • 805 Pelham
  • 809 Sylacouga
  • 818 Pell City
  • 875 Inverness
  • 877 Tuscaloosa
  • 880 Eastwood
  • 881 Hoover
  • 882 Fairfield
  • 887 Trussville
  • 1755 Roswell
  • 1749 Austell
  • 1763 Sandy Plains
  • 6940 Powder Springs
  • 6941 Lithia
  • 6942 Cedar Town
  • 6943 Sixes Rd.
  • 6986 Buckhead

 There is a Facebook group for those who are stranded. It’s called SnowedOutAtlanta. Go to to join the group.

If you know of additional resources, email and we will add the information to this list. 

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