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Red Cross Georgia Opens Tornado Call Center

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American Red Cross relief efforts continue 24/7 this week in tornado-ravaged Georgia, where heart-broken families mourn the loss of loved ones and more than 1,000 homes have been either destroyed or heavily damaged.

On Monday, the Red Cross opened a Georgia Tornado Call Center. The call center is a resource for families affected by last week”s storms with questions about what types of services the Red Cross is providing to disaster survivors and how those services can be accessed in local communities. The call center is open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and can be reached by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Volunteers staffing the call center can also provide tips and recovery resources, community referrals, and help with family reunification through the Red Cross Safe and Well secure website. The Safe and Well website is a way to let loved ones know you are safe and to find information about people in the affected areas. To register, visit www.redcross.org and click on the “List Yourself or Search Registrants”# link under “How to Get Help.”# You can also access Safe and Well:

  • From a smart phone – visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell and click on the “List Yourself as Safe and Well”# or “Search for friends and family”# link.
  • From any phone – call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and one of our operators can help you register.

To date, more than 200 Red Cross disaster volunteers in hard-hit areas of Georgia are working with community partners to provide shelter, meals, health and mental health services, clean-up supplies and other recovery resources in fixed locations and through mobile outreach. Three Red Cross shelters remain open at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in Catoosa County, at Manchester High School in Meriwether County and at Clayton Baptist Church in Rabun County. The Red Cross has sheltered more than 400 people in Georgia and served more than 12,000 meals.

As the Red Cross disaster relief effort continues to grow, many of our fellow citizens are asking how they can help. The best way to help is by making a financial donation which is turned into the meals being served, a safe place to stay, the cleanup supplies being provided and so much more.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free and made possible by financial donations. If you would like to help those who have been affected by the recent tornadoes, please consider making a donation today:

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.