Red Cross centralizes tornado relief services
by Staff Report
Feb 15, 2013 | 1018 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All Red Cross disaster services for families impacted by the recent tornado have been centralized at the Red Cross’ Northwest Georgia Chapter, 112 John Maddox Drive N.W., Rome, which serves Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker and Whitfield counties. Anyone still in need of help from the Red Cross is asked to call 706-291-6648 to speak with a Red Cross caseworker.

Working one-on-one with families, Red Cross caseworkers can help develop a plan for recovery and provide emergency assistance for such things as food, clothing, relocation, prescription replacement, emotional support and referrals for additional resources.

“Though the emergency phase of our response has ended, the Red Cross is not going away,” said Terri Badour-Duckett, CEO of Georgia’s Red Cross. “The caring staff and volunteers from our Northwest Georgia Chapter will maintain a constant presence in the community while continuing to assist those who were impacted by the storms.”

More than 150 Red Cross disaster responders have supported tornado and severe weather relief efforts in Georgia since Jan. 30. To date, Red Cross caseworkers have provided direct assistance for some 100 families in tornado-stricken Bartow and Gordon counties. The Red Cross has also provided more than 91 overnight shelter stays for displaced families and served more than 1,531 meals at northwest Georgia shelters and through mobile outreach in partnership with the Salvation Army. Another 7,700 bottles of water and snacks, and more than 800 items such as clean-up kits, work gloves, pails and rakes were distributed in affected communities.

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.