Atlanta Red Cross Begins Casework for Tornado-Stricken Families

Red Cross worker offers assistance
Residents who cannot live in their homes are urged to call to set up an appointment to meet with a caseworker or to simply drop by a Red Cross center.

Beginning today, Red Cross disaster shelter locations in Bartow and Gordon counties will also serve as Red Cross casework centers for families with emergency needs resulting from significant storm damage to their homes. Residents who cannot live in their homes are urged to call to set up an appointment to meet with a caseworker or to simply drop by a Red Cross center. Residents whose damaged homes are livable but have other disaster-caused needs are asked to call and arrange to speak with a Red Cross caseworker.

Red Cross Call Center Phone Number:

404-870-4440

Call Center Hours of Operation:

Noon – 8:00 p.m. daily until further notice

Call Center Purpose:

To receive requests for help and to provide information on Red Cross disaster services for residents of Bartow and Gordon counties, especially those with emergency needs resulting from significant tornado/storm damage to their homes

Red Cross Shelter / Casework Center Locations:

Bartow County: Manning Mill Youth Center, 163-B Manning Mill Road, Adairsville, GA 30103

Gordon County: Sonoraville Recreation Center, 7494 Fairmount Hwy, Calhoun, GA 30701

Casework Center Hours of Operation:

Noon – 7:00 p.m. daily until further notice

Casework Center Purpose:

Place where families with emergency needs resulting from significant storm damage to their homes can get personal assistance from a Red Cross caseworker by appointment or on a first-come, first-served basis.

Following last week’s severe weather in Georgia, Red Cross assessments show that more than 250 homes were either destroyed or had major damage, most of them in Bartow and Gordon counties. Caseworkers can help affected families develop a plan for recovery and provide emergency assistance for such things as food, clothing, relocation, prescription replacement, emotional support and referrals for additional resources.

Red Cross shelters continue to offer a safe refuge with cots, blankets, meals, personal hygiene kits, and health and emotional support. To date, the Red Cross has provided more than 83 overnight stays for displaced families, and served more than 1,523 meals at shelters and through mobile outreach in partnership with the Salvation Army.

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) will continue mobile feeding (snacks and water) in hard-hit areas today. Hundreds of clean-up kits and bulk items were distributed from ERVs throughout the weekend; these supplies will be available at the Red Cross centers today.

Dozens of Red Cross disaster responders from the Northwest Georgia and Metro Atlanta chapters are supporting the relief effort, and are joined by emergency partners from the surrounding area.

How You Can Help:

Red Cross disaster relief efforts are made possible through the generosity of the public. Georgians can click (www.redcross.org) or call (1-800-RED-CROSS) to make a credit card donation or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

You can help people affected by disasters like the Georgia tornadoes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013