Relief efforts in North Georgia

6:52 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- In the aftermath of last week's disaster, many organizations are continuing their efforts to reach out, support, and provide relief for communities in North Georgia.

11Alive's Help Desk has found several ways for residents in these areas to find assistance.

According to the Red Cross, more than 250 homes were either destroyed or suffered severe damage, most in Bartow and Gordon counties.

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This week, Red Cross disaster shelters are also serving as casework centers for families with emergency needs. Families with significant storm damage to their homes are encouraged to make an appointment with a caseworker to develop a recovery plan.

To reach a service center, you can contact the Red Cross Call Center at (404)-870-4440. There hours of operation are from noon until 8:00 pm daily until further notice.

As of now, the Red Cross has established two shelter/casework centers in Bartow and Gordon counties. The Bartow County center is located at the Manning Mill Youth Center in Adairsville. The other is at Sonoraville Recreation Center in Gordon County.

Caseworkers can also provide immediate help for things like food, clothing, prescription replacement, relocation, emotional support, and referrals for more resources.

The shelters continue to offer a safe haven with cots, blankets, meals, personal hygiene kits, and health and emotional support.
In addition, Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are also providing food in hard-hit areas.

As a result of the tornado, many without homes are also without jobs.

The Georgia Department of Labor's Cartersville Career Center is hosting two temporary assistance centers in Adairsville where people can file claims for unemployment insurance benefits and get help finding new jobs.

Those affected by the storm can visit the United Community Bank on Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Thursday, Feb. 7 from 9:00 am until noon and again on Tuesday, Feb. 12 and Thursday, Feb. 14 from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Employees of the Daiki Corporation, which was heavily damaged by the tornado, will also be helped at the North Pointe Church on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 9:00 am until noon and 1-3:00 pm. For more information, you can contact the Cartersville Career Center at (770)-387-3760.

United Way is also helping residents in need of relief and emergency assistance. United Way of Gordon County is specifically helping its residents with relocation expenses. If you live or have an Adairsville address in Gordon County, contact the United Way of Gordon County at (706)-602-5548.

If you live in Bartow County, contact the United Way of Bartow County at (770) 386-1677 for help.

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