Georgia Red Cross preparing for chance of severe storms this weekend

ATLANTA (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia Red Cross is preparing for the chance of more severe weather this weekend and “an even larger statewide response” after last weekend’s major tornado outbreak, which is just entering the recovery phase.

The Red Cross said in a news release Friday that more than 150 state residents remain homeless following last week’s weather and remain in commercial lodging.

“With a big effort already happening, we’re turning one eye to planning for an even bigger one if we get hit again,” disaster response director Bob Sheldon said. “We don’t want that – but you can rest assured that we’ll be ready regardless.”

Eight Georgians died as a result of last weekend’s storms. Northwest Georgia was hit the hardest, “but 22 tornadoes struck all over, from Wayne County near Savannah to Upson County north of Macon to Stephens County in the northeast, according to the National Weather Service.”

“If your home was affected by last weekend’s storms and you still need a safe place to stay, or other Red Cross assistance, call us at 1-800-RED-CROSS,” Sheldon said.

The Red Cross says its team members are following all COVID-19 health guidelines, including wearing masks, social distancing and doing “as much as possible” by phone and computer.

The NWS is forecasting the chance of tornadoes, damaging winds and heavy rain from Sunday into Monday morning in south and central Georgia.

The Red Cross offers these tips to follow before bad weather strikes:

  • Identify a safe place in your home where household members and pets will gather: a basement, storm cellar or interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. In a mobile home, choose a safe place in a nearby sturdy building. If your mobile home park has a designated shelter, make it your safe place. No mobile home, however it is configured, is safe in a tornado.
  • Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications or other medical supplies. Keep the kit nearby

You can help people affected by disasters by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross is not accepting unsolicited donations of material goods right now due to the health risks of handling and sanitizing them.

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