Red Cross Responding to Tornados in North Georgia


ATLANTA, January 30, 2013 — Metro Atlanta’s Red Cross and Georgia chapters statewide continue to monitor and respond to today’s severe weather, including tornadoes that caused extensive damage in Bartow and Gordon counties in northwest Georgia, and isolated storms and flooding impacting the northern half of the state. Dozens of local Red Cross disaster volunteers were mobilized today and many more are on stand-by to help neighbors in need.

Working closely with local emergency partners, the Northwest Georgia Chapter (Rome) has opened a Red Cross shelter at the Manning Mill Youth Facility, 163b Manning Mill Road in Adairsville for displaced families in hard-hit Bartow and Gordon counties. The shelter will provide meals, cots, blankets, health support and a safe refuge for the 20-plus people bused there this afternoon, and others whose homes have been damaged or destroyed. The Salvation Army is partnering with the Red Cross to serve meals in the shelter and from canteen vehicles in the community.

Beginning tomorrow, 6 Red Cross damage assessment teams will canvass communities to pinpoint areas of need in northwest Georgia. Two Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) with volunteer driver teams from Atlanta will help with mobile feeding. More ERVs are on stand-by, if needed. The vehicles will also help with the bulk distribution of supplies in days to come.

The Northeast Georgia Chapter (Gainesville) has also been working closely with emergency partners throughout the day to respond to pockets of need in Fannin and Towns counties, where at least 4 families have been displaced.

In southwest Georgia, Red Cross chapters are on stand-by to respond as the line of severe storms continues to move through the area.

Anyone in need of help is urged to call their local Red Cross chapter.

You can help people affected by disasters like today’s 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.”

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