Reports abounded Tuesday that Brenda Mulkey, who was injured in the Jan. 30 twister was the storm’s second victim in the northern Bartow city. Anthony Raines, 51, is the only confirmed fatality.
Mulkey’s niece on Tuesday called The Daily Tribune News, saying the family felt her death was the result of her injuries in the storm, although she had prior health problems.
Bartow County Emergency Management Agency Director and Fire Chief Craig Millsap said, “Right now, we cannot attribute her death directly to the storm.”
Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton was unaware of the woman’s passing, Millsap said, adding that he was unsure an autopsy was performed.
Until an official cause of death can be attributed to Mulkey’s tornado injuries, Millsap said the county will continue to report one fatality from the storm.
City officials on Tuesday also announced the boil water advisory has been lifted after the Collins Mountain water tank was heavily damaged.
Meanwhile, Red Cross caseworkers in Bartow and Gordon counties met with families Tuesday through mobile outreach and at established Red Cross centers to help develop a plan for recovery and to provide emergency assistance. Red Cross shelters co-located at the centers transitioned out as all previous shelter residents have located alternate housing. Water, snacks and bulk supplies will continue to be available at both center locations, according to a Red Cross press release.
Residents who cannot live in their homes are urged to call to set up an appointment to meet with a caseworker or to simply drop by a Red Cross center. Residents whose damaged homes are livable but have other disaster-caused needs are asked to call and arrange to speak with a Red Cross caseworker.
The Red Cross Call Center can be reached from noon to 8 p.m. daily at 404-870-4440. The center is available to offer help and to provide information on Red Cross disaster services for residents of Bartow and Gordon counties, especially those with emergency needs resulting from significant tornado/storm damage to their homes
Red Cross Shelter/Casework Center locations are:
• Bartow County: Manning Mill Youth Center
163-B Manning Mill Road
Adairsville, GA 30103
• Gordon County: Sonoraville Recreation Center
7494 Fairmount Highway
Calhoun, GA 30701
The Casework Center is open noon to 7 .m. daily until further notice for families with emergency needs resulting from significant storm damage to their homes to gain personal assistance from a Red Cross caseworker by appointment or on a first-come, first-served basis.
Following last week’s severe weather in Georgia, Red Cross assessments show that more than 250 homes were either destroyed or had major damage, most of them in Bartow and Gordon counties. Caseworkers can help affected families 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.
To date, the Red Cross has provided more than 91 overnight stays for displaced families, and served more than 1,531 meals at shelters and through mobile outreach in partnership with the Salvation Army.
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.