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Colquitt - Four days after tornadoes destroyed over 40 homes and damaged over 100 others in Miller and Seminole counties, items are needed to assist victims in the recovery process, according to the Georgia Office of Homeland Security (OHS)-GEMA.

A donated goods warehouse will be opening for victims at 254 West Main Street in Colquitt, Georgia, on Monday, March 28 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. The center will begin receiving donated goods at 8 a.m. on Monday. Hours for the warehouse, managed by Adventist Disaster Services, will be from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily following the opening day.

The donated goods center is making an appeal for the following items: commercially canned foods – individual serving sizes; non-perishable foods – cereals, chips, instant potatoes, rice, sugar; condiment items (salt, pepper, catsup, mustard, mayonnaise); rolls of heavy duty plastic; baby formula and diapers (all sizes); personal hygiene products, mosquito repellant, 2 x 4 studs; asphalt shingles; roofing felt; roofing nails; hammers; blue plastic tarps; plywood – ¾-inch and ⅝-inch; trash bags (all sizes); cleaning supplies; paper products (bath tissue, paper towels, paper plates and cups); plastic products (eating utensils, cups, food wrap); and work gloves. No clothing has been requested at this time.)

For more information on providing donated goods, contact 229-758-3421. In addition, a Disaster Resource Center (DRC) will open on Monday, March 28, at the Miller County Collaborative Building located at 304 Pine Street in Colquitt, Georgia. The hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Tornado victims who need assistance will need to come in and register.

The Miller County Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross and the Insurance Commissioner’s Office will be represented at the Center, along with other agencies as needed.

posted by karen.collier@walb.com

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