Tuesday's Winter Storm Creates State of Emergency in Georgia

Red Cross ERV in Atlanta Ice Storm

On day two of bitter cold, icy roads and stranded motorists in Georgia, Red Cross chapters across the state continue to work closely with emergency agencies and community partners in more than 15 counties to help neighbors suffering from Tuesday’s winter storm.

Food and water, along with 500 cots, 850 blankets, pillows and personal hygiene kits are among the supplies the Red Cross made available to county governments, churches, homeless shelters, and other good Samaritans for pre-planned and spontaneous warming centers. Coordination began on Monday and continued today to ensure that facilities had access to needed items before the possible re-freezing of roads tonight. Staff and volunteers remain on alert for new and developing needs in communities statewide.

In hard-hit metro Atlanta, the Red Cross opened its warehouse to the Georgia National Guard early this morning and provided an additional 1,250 blankets, water and snacks for distribution to motorists stranded overnight by ice and gridlock.

Despite the severe weather conditions, the Red Cross continues to respond to home and apartment fires statewide and has provided food, shelter and other necessities for dozens of people since the storm began.

Additional Red Cross Resources:

  • Be prepared and stay safe with these winter storm tips.
  • To locate a shelter near you please consider downloading the free Red Cross Shelter view mobile app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/american-red-cross-shelter/id419258261
  • You can also see a full listing of all shelters throughout the state of Georgia at: http://www.gema.ga.gov/content/atts/prepare/OpenShelters.pdf
  • “You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, and severe storms 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.”