American Red Cross
ALBANY, GEORGIA (albanyherald.com) - After a strong storm system brought devastation to many Southwest Georgia neighborhoods last week, American Red Cross disaster volunteers were among those who responded quickly to provide emergency essentials and emotional support for families in need.
While many residents continued clean-up efforts this week, the Red Cross is supporting recovery by taking food, water and clean-up supplies into accessible areas in Albany and several surrounding counties impacted by the storm. Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles continued mobile feeding in hard-hit areas on Monday, along with the distribution of cleanup kits and bulk items.
Meanwhile, trained disaster assessment teams have been working in Worth, Mitchell, Baker, Early, Calhoun and Turner counties to identify all of the storm-impacted areas and the best ways to help residents get back on their feet.
Severe weather impacted more than 820 homes, according to Red Cross officials, with 120 homes in the surrounding area suffering major damage.
More than 50 Red Cross disaster responders have supported tornado and severe weather relief efforts in Georgia since the storm hit on Jan. 2. As of Monday, the Red Cross had provided more than 5,800 meals at shelters and through mobile outreach in partnership with the Salvation Army, Second Harvest of South Georgia and other community partners.
More than 5,840 bottles of water and snacks have been distributed to those affected. Along with 12 Good Samaritan shelters and two day centers, Avalon United Methodist Church and the Albany Civic Center were enacted as Red Cross shelters to protect those displaced from the cold.
Red Cross shelters are providing people with cots, blankets, food, comfort kits, replacement medications and other essentials. Caseworkers are working with families to help them think through next steps and provide referrals for additional recovery resources available in the community.
At the same time, winter weather is compounding a blood shortage. Eligible donors are needed when it is safe to travel. Appointments can be made by using the Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
There is currently an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all types.
The Red Cross depends on the support of the public to assist people affected by disasters. To make a donation, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
People in the Southwest Georgia area in need of emergency help are asked to call (229) 436-4845. For latest information on the Red Cross’ role in the Southwest Georgia relief effort, visit facebook.com/ARCSWGA.
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Updated 12 days ago Article ID# 3994531
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