United Way of Bartow County, 770-386-1677, previously established a tornado relief fund following the April 2011 tornado. The agency is accepting monetary contributions and the funds collected will go directly to Adairsville tornado victims who qualify.
The Daily Tribune News, 251 S. Tennessee St., Cartersville, and WBHF Community Radio, 7 N. Wall St., Cartersville, are serving as United Way drop-off sites for supplies. These supplies might include bottled water, flashlights, batteries, diapers and blankets.
NorthPointe Church, 770-387-8135, located at 30 Orchard Road, Adairsville, currently is serving as a shelter, but a church spokesperson said the church is not accepting donations until it can determine the needs of the area.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency said they are prepared to support local agencies in the tornado relief effort, but at this point have not received notification of the need for additional assistance.
Jeffrey Putnam, executive director of the Northwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross, said on Wednesday the organization began mobilizing itself and volunteers to establish a shelter at the Manning Mill gym and provide aid. He said residents looking to assist in the relief effort may make a financial contribution to the Red Cross at 706-291-6648.
Living Way Community Center, 678-414-0054, located at 118 E. George St., Adairsville, also will be serving as a shelter.
Due to dangerous conditions on the ground Wednesday, preparation for long-term relief efforts will begin in ernest today. Volunteers were not permitted entrance Wednesday and instead made plans to create staging areas and assess needs today.
Associational Missionary for the Bartow Baptist Association has already received calls from volunteers across the Southeast and will be assessing needs and preparing room for relief teams today. To register to help, Franklin urges residents to contact their church through which the BBA will coordinate efforts.
For volunteers not connected to a local church, visit www.bartowrecovery.org, which also will be home to a running list of needs as they become available; Franklin advised however, that perennial needs are gift cards and monetary donations. For more information, contact the BBA at 125 Postell St. or call 770-607-0300.
Georgia Power reported more than 4,000 power outages in northwest Georgia due to the storms.
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