Beginning today, all Red Cross disaster services for families impacted by the recent tornado will be centralized at the Red Cross’ Northwest Georgia Chapter (112 John Maddox Dr. NW, Rome, GA 30165), which serves Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties. Anyone still in need of help from the Red Cross is asked to call 706-291-6648 to speak with a Red Cross caseworker.
Working one-on-one with families, Red Cross caseworkers can help 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.
“Though the emergency phase of our response has ended the Red Cross is not going away”, said Terri Badour- Duckett, CEO of Georgia’s Red Cross. “The caring staff and volunteers from our Northwest Georgia Chapter will maintain a constant presence in the community while continuing to assist those who were impacted by the storms.”
More than 150 Red Cross disaster responders have supported tornado and severe weather relief efforts in Georgia since January 30th. To date, Red Cross caseworkers have provided direct assistance for some 100 families in tornado-stricken Bartow and Gordon counties. The Red Cross has also provided more than 91 overnight shelter stays for displaced families and served more than 1,531 meals at NW Georgia shelters and through mobile outreach in partnership with the Salvation Army. Another 7,700 bottles of water and snacks, and more than 800 items such as clean-up kits, work gloves, pails and rakes were distributed in affected communities.
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.