ATLANTA, February 2, 2013 — The Red Cross will continue to operate two shelters Saturday night as a safe refuge for northwest Georgia families displaced from their homes by tornado damage. Red Cross shelters offer cots, blankets, meals, personal hygiene items, health services and the support of caring volunteers. Locations include:
Gordon County Shelter
The shelter previously opened at the Belmont Baptist Church was relocated today to:
Sonoraville Recreation Complex
7494 Fairmount Highway
Calhoun, Georgia 30701
Bartow County Shelter
The Manning Mill Youth Facility,
163-B Manning Mill Road NW
Adairsville, Georgia 30103
Calhoun residents Jessica Defoor and her son Lane turned to the Red Cross shelter in Gordon County for help on Wednesday when a tree crushed the mobile home they were renting and left them suddenly homeless. “The Red Cross gave us a place to stay, food to eat and a place to take a shower,” said Defoor. “That was a blessing… I greatly appreciate it. “
The Salvation Army has partnered with the Red Cross to serve more than 1,000 meals at shelters and from canteen vehicles in the community. The Red Cross is also working with the Division of Family and Children Services and with Public Health to support the shelters.
The Red Cross is stepping up mobile relief efforts in the Adairsville and Calhoun communities this weekend as spontaneous volunteers rally to help with clean-up efforts. Four Emergency Response Vehicles are providing snacks, water, meals, blankets and clean-up supplies in hard hit neighborhoods throughout the day. On Saturday Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles dispensed work gloves, tarps, tape, trash bags, rope, rakes and shovels to hardworking residents through a donation made possible by The Home Depot.
Beginning Monday, Red Cross caseworkers will work one-on-one with Defoor and other families with disaster-caused needs to provide assistance and help them develop a recovery plan.
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. Today, 16 volunteers from the NAACP and Berry College were among those who helped with shelters and the bulk distribution of supplies.
Wednesday’s severe weather impacted Georgia counties across the state, causing flooding and storm damage, especially from falling trees. Red Cross chapters have met emergency needs for shelter and other essentials for some 15 families outside the northwest Georgia area.
Anyone in need of help is urged to call their local Red Cross chapter.
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.