ATLANTA, GA- April 1, 2016 — Response efforts are underway as the Red Cross of Georgia helps families affected by severe weather that moved through the state early morning Friday, leaving a line of storm related damage behind in parts of Central Midwest Georgia. With more weather on the way, Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management partners and volunteers who are prepared to respond as needed statewide.
Red Cross workers in hardest hit areas have already begun conducting damage assessments to ensure immediate emergency needs are met. In the days and weeks ahead, Red Cross volunteers will provide comfort and hope to families impacted by this recent extreme weather event and assist families as they begin the initial phases of cleanup.
According to officials, 13 homes have suffered significant damage in Houston County and at least 3 homes, including one destroyed, in the Allentown area of Twiggs County. There are reports of multiple trees down impeding access, and widespread power outages in the region. Red Cross is providing tarps for 2 homes in Dublin (Laurens County), as well as providing assistance after a lightning strike from overnight thunderstorms sparked a home fire in Atlanta.
Currently a flood warning is in effect for Muscogee and Chattahoochee Counties. As severe weather continues to move across the state, Red Cross urges Georgians to be prepared.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY With the threat of more potential severe weather, people should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.