Red Cross Disaster Update--Southeast Tornadoes Spring 2011
Disaster UpdateRed Cross Relief Efforts Continue in Tornado-Ravaged Georgia“The Red Cross has meant more to myfamily than you will ever know,” said anemotional Candice Landers of Barnesvillewhen our volunteers delivered the donatedsandwiches and pastries to her mother’stornado-damaged home in Griffin. “You’vefed us, given us something to drink when wewere thirsty, and given us hugs when weneeded a hug. I just want to say, from thebottom of my heart, God bless each andevery one of you for everything you do.”American Red Cross relief efforts are continuing in tornado-ravaged Georgia as impacted familiesand communities begin the long road to recovery. Additional volunteers are arriving daily fromthroughout Georgia and other states to help with the care and feeding of disaster survivors, the bulkdistribution of clean-up and recovery supplies, and individual client casework.Well before the tornadoes hit on April 27, Red Cross volunteers in communities across Georgiaprepared to respond. Local Disaster Action Teams were among the first to shelter, feed, and comforttheir devastated neighbors in the aftermath of the storms.In the weeks and months ahead the Red Cross will continue to work closely with local, governmentand corporate partners to help disaster-stricken families get back on their feet and support strugglingcommunities in their recovery. No one organization can meet the widespread needs created by thetornadoes, but working together, and through the support of generous donors and volunteers, acompassionate Georgia is making a difference.Watch a video from the Red Cross shelter at Manchester High School in Meriwether County.Kia Motors Donates $1.5 Million to Georgia’s Red CrossKia Motors Manufacturing Georgia donated $1.5 million to the Georgia Tornado Relief Effort onWednesday. Georgia Region Interim CEO Charlie McGivern participated in a press conference atthe Governor’s Office with Kia Motors Group President and CEO Byung Mo Ahn, Governor NathanDeal, and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to announce the gift.
Red Cross Response to Date: • 388 Red Cross volunteers and staff in hard-hit areas of the state are working with community partners to provide shelter, meals, health and mental health services, clean-up supplies, and other recovery resources. • 45,231 meals have been served and 520 clean-up and comfort kits distributed. 10 Emergency response vehicles have been mobilized to provide mobile feeding and clean-up supply distribution. • 454 bulk items have been distributed (includes rakes, sunscreen, diapers, baby formula, insect repellent, garbage bags, dust masks, paper towels and more). • 486 people have been provided safe haven in 11 Red Cross shelters. Two shelters remain open: One in Catoosa County, now located at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, and one at Manchester High School in Meriwether County. On the night of the storms, Red Cross shelters were operating in Catoosa, Dade, Floyd, Meriwether, Morgan, Pickens, Rabun, and Spalding counties. • Red Cross nurses and mental health counselors are providing health and mental health services for those who face the daunting task of rebuilding. • Red Cross damage assessment teams report 600 homes in Georgia were destroyed and 595 suffered major damage.Red Cross-Georgia Tornado Call CenterAnyone who needs information on Red Cross tornado relief services in Georgia is urged to call theRed Cross-Georgia Tornado Call Center, a toll-free number, at 1-800-RED CROSS(1-800-733-2767) and follow the prompts for disaster relief in Georgia.The call center, open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., is a resource for families with questions aboutwhat types of services the Red Cross is providing to disaster survivors and how to access them inlocal communities. Volunteers can also provide tips and recovery resources, community referrals,and help with family reunification through the Red Cross Safe and Well website. The Safe and Wellwebsite provides a way to let loved ones know you are safe and to find information about people inthe affected areas. Callers can register themselves as Safe and Well at www.redcross.org.Bulk Distribution Sites Now OpenFour bulk distribution sites are now open from noon until 6 p.m. each day at the following locations:Spalding County: 817 Memorial Drive, GriffinLamar County: 118 Academy Drive, BarnesvilleMeriwether County: Manchester High SchoolTroup County: The Mike Daniel Recreation Center, 1220 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrangeItems available to families impacted by the tornadoes include: comfort kits (personal hygiene items),clean-up kits, rakes, water, sunscreen, hydrocortisone cream, diapers, baby formula, insect repellent,chapstick, garbage bags, dust masks, and paper towels.
Georgia Red Cross Working with Partners to Help Neighbors in NeedHere is a small sampling of the Red Cross tornado relief partnerships to date: • UPS is helping with logistics; picking up donated supplies and delivering them to distribution sites across the state. • The Home Depot is providing various clean-up supplies (tarps, buckets, gloves, bleach, etc) for bulk distribution. • Shaw Industries in Dalton donated use of a centrally located air conditioned warehouse. This facility will serve as a distribution center for Red Cross relief supplies. • The Southern Baptists are setting up a Southern Baptists Kitchen in Ringgold. They will prepare thousands of meals to be picked up by Red Cross emergency response vehicles and distributed to tornado survivors in northwest Georgia. • The American Legion and the Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC) in Trenton are partnering with the Red Cross to prepare meals for tornado victims in their community. Red Cross supplies the food and delivers meals prepared by American Legion and Trinity UMC volunteers. • Tractor Supply Company has donated a tractor trailer load of water for Red Cross distribution and other in-kind support. • Financial Partners, whose generous support is turned into warm meals, blankets, shelters, clothing, emotional support and so much more to help those in need of our help.25 Georgia Counties Designated for Federal Assistance; Recovery Centers OpenTwenty five counties were designated for disaster assistance for individuals, families, and businessesas part of Georgia’s federal disaster declaration: Bartow, Catoosa, Cherokee, Coweta, Dade, Floyd,Gordon, Greene, Habersham, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton,Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Spalding, Troup, Upson, White and Walker.Affected individuals and business owners in these counties can apply for assistance by callingFEMA’s toll-free registration number, 800-621-FEMA (3362). An online application may becompleted at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Individual assistance for homeowners and renters caninclude grants to help pay for rental housing, home repairs, and other serious disaster-relatedexpenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs.Four more Disaster Recovery Centers opened in Cartersville (Bartow County); Jasper (PickensCounty); Clayton (Rabun County); and Rock Springs (Walker County). They will be open from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Disaster recovery centers opened earlier inCatoosa, Dade, Floyd, Lamar, Meriwether, Morgan, Spalding and Troup counties. Visitwww.fema.gov for exact locations.
Red Cross HelpingPeople Across theCountrySince March 31, theRed Cross hasresponded to 20 largedisasters across thesoutheast, helpingpeople devastated bytornadoes, floods, andwildfires. The RedCross has opened morethan 145 shelters,served nearly 638,000meals and snacks, anddistributed more than335,000 clean-upsupplies.Alabama was the hardest hit state: • An estimated 7 -10,000 homes have been severely damaged or destroyed. Damage was centered in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. • The Red Cross is operating 23 shelters with 5,121 overnight stays. • The Red Cross mobilized 62 emergency response vehicles to assist with feeding, relief supply distribution, and medical and mental health outreach throughout affected areas. • More than 195,000 meals and snacks have been served. • Two Red Cross communication vehicles are assisting with communication needs. How You Can Help Red Cross disaster assistance is free. The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster. Please consider making a donation today to help those affected by these disasters. By Phone: Call 1-800-RED-CROSS By Text: Text REDCROSS to 90999 and donate $10 By Check: Mail to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 101508, Atlanta, GA 30392-1508 By Internet: Visit www.redcross.org Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling, and other emergency assistance. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.