The siege began around 9:45 am.

Islamic Flag confirmed.

Martin Place evacuated.

ABC retail cafe selling chocolate, drinks, restaurant included.

15-20 staff. 50+ people in the building Streets are closing around instantly. Town Hall station closed.

-no confirmation if isis related-

-sydney emergency-




This is in Gatlinburg, TN tonight. The city is on fucking fire, and I’m seeing very little coverage of it. There’s also fire behind and across the street from Ripley’s aquarium. That’s thousands of animals left behind. People are losing their homes. Honestly this breaks my heart.


As of tonight (Nov. 29), the Barker Lounge can shelter dogs because of the fires. Their number is 1-865-771-3738.

As of now, here are the evacuation centers: LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, Pigeon Forge Community Center, Liberty Baptist Church in Wears Valley and Iglesia Cristiana LaDuz De Jesus.

If there are horses or mules that need to be evacuated, call 865-388-6886. Be warned that this is only one man that has volunteered to do this that I know of. There may be more. He may be able to point you in the right direction.

Facebook has activated the safety check in.

If possible, send food and water to the shelters there. They also will accept Gatorade. Consider sending baby food as well. You should also want to contact the Barker Lounge and similar places to see about sending food for animals. They have also specifically requested crates for the animals. Please get together with your local businesses and charities to organize drives. I can update this once I know more about doing this.

UPDATE 2    

Here is an updated list of centers:                                                                          

  • LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge 
  • Liberty Baptist Church in Wears Valley
  • Pigeon Forge Community Center
  • Iglesia Cristiana LaDuz De Jesus 
  • The First Red Bank Baptist Church in Sevierville
  • First Baptist Church of Sevierville (317 Parkway, Sevierville)
  • River Plantation RV Resort and Anchor Down RV resort are open to     assist with any campers being evacuated 
  • Trinity Baptist Church (1995 Hartford rd. Cosby, TN)
  • Douglas Lakeville Stables at 1650 Providence rd. in Sevierville, TN is   offering to pasture any displaced livestock and animals. You can         contact Kristi at 864-671-8439. They are working with others for the     transportation
  • The Barker Lounge is open all night to board dogs displaced

According to the Gatlinburg Fire Chief, the fires are mostly contained, and the worst is over. 

All 11,000 of the animals at Ripley’s Aquarium are safe and cared for.

Over 250 structures were damaged. The worst of the damage was in the surrounding areas, downtown is more intact. Close to 170,000 acres were burned.

I would also like to thank the firefighters and volunteers that ensured the safety of people in the area. I would also like to thank the places that are taking in displaced animals


There are now 3 deaths and 14 injuries. They are still searching the area. The fire is still burning, but the flames are now closer to the ground. 


The Gatlinburg Relief Fund has been established at SmartBank. Donations can be dropped off at any location or mailed to: 

  • SmartBank
  • P.O. Box 1910
  • Pigeon Forge, TN 37868
  • Gatinburg Relief Fund
  • Call 865-453-2650 for more information.

The American Red Cross is accepting donations for evacuees and first responders to the Sevier County fire.The organization is accepting donations at the Pigeon Forge Fire Hall Station 1 at 3229 Rena Street in Pigeon Forge. The Red Cross is not looking for untrained volunteers, but is accepting monetary donations. People can make a $10 donation by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999. Essentially they do not want anyone else to come and visit or offer help. The danger is still very real.

Pigeon Forge city officials have said they have received substantial donations of food/drink/toiletries. The need for those items is no longer as great. So they request that you contribute monetarily for now.

The City of Pigeon Forge Relief Fund

  • will update this when I can find link/phone number
  • Toys for Tots will have a sign up for victims and their families (865-254-3911, 2719 Northview Academy Lane in Kodak)

Places accepting donations:

  • Knoxville Expo Center (5441 Clinton Highway in Knoxville, (865)686-3200 or (865)919-8114) –  will accept tooth brushes, tooth paste, water, baby wipes, dog food, kennels and more
  • Northview Academy (2719 Northview Academy Lane, Kodak, TN 37764,  (865) 933-5880)
  • Ryder Vehicle Sales is also accepting donations at its location at 7509 Strawberry Plains Pike in Knoxville
  • Clubhouse Ministries – 2 drop off centers for donations. One outside of Kroger and one outside of Food City in Seymour
  • Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum – looking for cases of water and Gatorade; pre-packaged, non-perishable food items, toiletry items, blankets, diapers and formula. Drop off at Coliseum box office (extended hours:Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Purpose Church in Pigeon Forge – has a truck from operation compassion drop off at their church location,1038 Charlottes Court with cases of water and food. (865-428-0026 or visit www.purposechurchpf.com )

These are only a few of the donation centers, please look locally as well.


 NEW YORK ~ Freeport Animal Shelter is evacuating. They’re trying to move all animals out of the shelter right now. They desperately need dog crates and cat carriers (180 cats & 40 dogs). People can drop off crates at 71-03 80th St in Glendale Queens (718-362-6070). Also needed: blankets, flashlights, batteries, dog food, cat food.


Yellowstone National Park has been hastily evacuated as fear of the Yellowstone Caldera’s eruption is deemed to be approaching sooner than previously expected. Researchers on-site claim that the 640,000 year-old super volcano has exhibited a sudden spike of activity which indicates that it could erupt in as little as two weeks. The explosion caused by the volcano would very well throw all of United States into a 200 year long volcanic winter, with ash blotting out the sun, and pyroclastic flow irreparably damaging the surrounding ecosystem.


But according to Yellowstone’s own website it tells a different story. You can check it out there. I added a couple screen shots above.

Please be safe
  • Stay out of flood waters as much as you can, there are creatures lurking. Alligators, snakes, and fire-ant balls are everywhere.

  • If you are stranded or need rescue call the National Guard number at (225) 664-2397. They can get to you in a boat or helicopter.

  • Boil your water before you drink it from the tap. We are under a Boil Water Advisory.

  • Click here for a list of shelters and supply distributors. You can go to these places as a “safe-haven”. 

  • To contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) use this website or call 1 (800) 621-3362. 

  • If you need 911, keep calling until you get through to a person. They are overflowed with calls and it may take a few times for them to get to you.

Remember that your belongings can be replaced, but your life cannot be.

Don’t Forget the Animals

Here’s a shout-out to all those animals that are in the potential path of Hurricane Matthew.  If you are evacuating, please don’t forget to take your pets and be sure they are wearing proper identification.

My heart goes out to the animals in zoos, shelters, sanctuaries, and farms throughout these areas.   I know many places have emergency plans in effect, but I can’t help but feel sad to know that many animals will also be left behind.

What Would The Signs Grab In Case Of An Evacuation
  • Aries: They'd be too freaked out to grab anything. If it's because of a fire or such, they'd probably get an adrenaline rush and jump out the window.
  • Taurus: Some family photo album or something equally meaningful.
  • Gemini: They'll grab their favorite books and everyone would be left wondering why their bags are so heavy.
  • Cancer: Some journal to document what they're about to go through.
  • Leo: You are crazy if you think they're leaving their pets behind.
  • Virgo: Only one who thinks of grabbing the First Aid kit.
  • Libra: Smart enough to grab their phone, careless enough to forget the charger.
  • Scorpio: Their favorite band's CD, something they can tether themselves to.
  • Sagittarius: They're not heavily attached to much, so they'd probably first grab something relatively useless like some kind of lucky charm.
  • Capricorn: They probably have some kind of bag ready with provisions to last them a week.
  • Aquarius: Their laptop, hands down. Won't have the libra's charger dilemma.
  • Pisces: Their pillow is essential, since they were already told bringing their bed would be 'impractical'.

This city is up in flames due to an extremely horrific wildfire that drastically changed today. The entire city, over 85,000+, are being evacuated and fleeing the city. The wildfire has jumped roads, burned down many houses and gas stations have exploded. People have had to drive through the flames to get out of town. Please send well wishes, love, prayers and support to this community. and if possible, please donate to Red Cross!! this wonderful city is going to need everything. and I hope my family and friends are all safe. <3 Sending prayers to them and to the community. I may be in southern Alberta, but this is my home province and I have family, and my family’s friends and friends of friends everywhere including this town. and everything and anything will help. I’ve been scared all day. It’s been a day full of extreme panic, crying and stress. Thank you to all the firefighters battling this horrific fire.

Saskatchewan wildfires force nearly 8,000 people out of homes
Canadian Forces called in to help care for thousands headed to refuge in Alberta

The military has been called in to help care for 7,900 people from a northern Saskatchewan community that includes the province’s largest First Nation, as a rash of wildfires prompts a massive evacuation.

Up to 5,000 of the evacuees will be taken hundreds of kilometres away to a refuge in Cold Lake, Alta., staffed by the Canadian Forces and the Red Cross.

After the wildfires crossed fail-safe lines Saturday, coming within eight kilometres of the community of La Ronge, the provincial government and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band began evacuating out 7,900 residents remaining in the area.

In a conference call with media Saturday afternoon, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall confirmed he spoke with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who promised support in dealing with the shifting blazes.

“The prime minister was very accommodating and willing to make sure that, upon official request, the resources are there,” Wall said.

“There might be some other need for Canadian Forces personnel, especially to help with what are significant logistical demands as result of a very large general evacuation.”

Saskatchewan’s provincial fire commissioner issued the evacuation order for the La Ronge area, following a similar advisory earlier in the day from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. 

The affected area includes La Ronge, Air Ronge and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band — a zone located about 200 km north of Prince Albert. The number of people affected is greater than the headline-grabbing 2011 evacuation of Slave Lake, Alta., where a wildfire forced 7,000 people from their homes.

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