Metro Atlanta’s Red Cross and Georgia chapters statewide continue to respond to Wednesday's severe weather, including tornadoes that caused extensive damage in Bartow and Gordon counties in northwest Georgia, and isolated storm damage and flooding from northern to southern boundaries of the state.
Working closely with local emergency partners, the Northwest Georgia Chapter opened two Red Cross shelters Wednesday for people displaced from their homes in hard-hit Bartow and Gordon counties at:
The Manning Mill Youth Facility - 163-B Manning Mill Rd., Adairsville, GA
Belmont Baptist Church - 126 West Belmont Dr.,Calhoun, GA 30701
The shelters remain open to provide a safe refuge with cots, blankets, food, personal hygiene items, health services, and the support of caring volunteers. The Salvation Army is partnering with the Red Cross to serve meals in the shelters and from canteen vehicles in the community. The Red Cross is also working with the Division of Family and Children Services and Public Health to support the shelters, and with HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response volunteers who will offer the comfort of therapy dogs to provide free “hugs” outside the Manning Mill Youth Facility shelter.
Red Cross damage assessment teams statewide continue canvassing counties with reported damage to pinpoint areas of need. Six teams are working in northwest Georgia today along the 8-mile path caused by the tornadoes. They are accompanied by two Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) with volunteer driver teams from Atlanta serving snacks, water and meals. The vehicles will also help with the bulk distribution of clean-up supplies in days to come.
Elsewhere in the state, flooding and storm damage, especially from falling trees, has displaced some 15 additional families and local Red Cross chapters are providing for their emergency needs.
Anyone in need of help is urged to call their local Red Cross chapter.
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.