COLUMBUS (WCMH) — As the wind and rain begin to hit the Carolinas from lethal Hurricane Florence the monster storm had forced thousands of people to leave their homes behind.
A local company, ContactUs Communications, is giving its North Carolina employees a place to stay during the storm.
“We noticed the hurricane was starting to build up so we were like we got to get out of here,” said Kristina Hacker.
Kristina Hacker says it was an easy choice to pack up and make the ten-hour drive from Jacksonville, North Carolina to Columbus. Her dog, two cars and her husband loaded up in a car leaving behind their life on the coast hoping that it all still is there when they go back.
“Starting over if nothing is there. That is my biggest concern, starting over,” said Hacker.
She is not alone. Nearly 50 other employees with ContactUs Communications left the south to seek shelter in Columbus.
“It’s the right thing to do,” said Trevor Friesen, President and CEO of ContactUs Communication.
Friesen says they are doing everything the can to make sure his employee are safe. Like placing them and their families in hotel rooms and providing them with meals.
“We actually have some of our company officers down right now inspecting and making sure things are prepared,” said Friesen.
As the high waters along the coast start to rise, Jacksonville north of Wilmington is one of the area that will get hit the hardest, having to worry about strong wind and rain
Cody Marshall manages the Jacksonville call center, he says he worries the most about those employees who weren’t able to leave.
“My biggest hope for everybody that was unable to evacuate that they are safe,” said Marshall.
ContactUs communication started a donation drive to help its North Carolina employees here and those that stayed behind. None perishable items, clothing, hygiene products are what they are asking for. Those things can be dropped off at 3700 Fishinger Blvd in Hilliard.