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Community rallies behind Bartow tornado victims
by Monica Burge
February 05, 2013 02:08 PM | 1748 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Almost immediately after a deadly tornado touched down in Adairsville, the community began organizing efforts to help.

From the Red Cross and United Way to local churches and nonprofits, Bartow County has come forward to help shoulder the load from those affected by the storm.

Bartow County Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Millsap said more than likely there will be no federal monies distributed to storm victims and they should look to local resources if they need help.

Millsap said that learning from past storms has helped coordinate relief efforts for this most recent storm.

“One of the things we learned during the last tornado is to coordinate efforts,” Millsap said. “We were prepared.”

Millsap said the support from the community has been tremendous.

“We’ve definitely had a great outpouring,” Millsap said.

Millsap said the community has really come together to help its neighbors in the northern part of the county.

“To see the citizens of Bartow County rally around each other is just amazing,” Millsap said.

Millsap said Adairsville Church of God is the primary location for coordinating nonprofit assistance for storm victims.

Other churches and nonprofits are involved in the effort but Millsap said to better manage efforts Adairsville Church of God has been deemed the headquarters for relief efforts.

Amber Waters with Adairsville Church of God said donations and volunteers from churches across the area have come by to offer support.

Waters said it is a blessing to be able to provide for those in need.

“It really is a gift from God for us to be able to give back to the community,” Waters said.

Waters said donations are being accepted. The items in biggest demand are baby supplies such as diapers and wipes. Heavy duty trash bags, tarps, cleaning supplies and gloves are needed to help with clean up.

Waters said the Adairsville Church of God will serve as headquarters for the relief effort as long as necessary.

“As long as we have it we will be here for the people that need it,” Waters said.

Those wanting to donate or volunteer should call (770) 773-3264.

Hundreds of volunteers turned out Saturday to help with cleanup and less than an hour after the EF-3 tornado swept through Adairsville, a Facebook page had been created to help with tornado recovery.

Posts on the page ask for donations and give recovery information and it also posts a link for volunteers.

According to the Red Cross, temporary shelters also have been set up in Bartow and Gordon counties.

Monetary donations can be made to the United Way of Bartow County. For more information on how to donate call (770) 386-1677.
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