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Tornado assistance resources

  • Where can tornado victims turn for assistance?

For questions about insurance or disaster assistance, you can contact Commissioner John Oxendine's office at 1-800-656-2298.

Also, Americus residents who need to apply for assistance from DFACS can go to either the First Baptist Church or First United Methodist Church.

The Seventh Day Adventists are manning a recovery center at the fair grounds, at 903 Adderton Street The contact number is (229) 931-9386. They will receive donated goods, and monetary contributions. Cash is needed for residents to buy some supplies, also.

The GEMA/FEMA recovery center is located at Rucker Street and U.S. 19. The Small Business Administration will provide low interest loans to businesses, and to renters. There are also food stamps available, disaster unemployment; almost like a Mega-center to serve victims.

A Donated Goods Warehouse is located at 139 Roosevelt Street in Newton and is open 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily. The contact number is (229) 734-9624.

You can  apply for disaster assistance on the phone at 1-800-624-3362, from 8AM to 8PM, seven days. You can apply online at .

A Georgia Baptist feeding unit is supporting the ARC at First Baptist Church in Americus.

Two clean up and recovery units, one communications unit, one supply unit, and one operations unit are located at Southland Academy, 123 Southland Road, Americus.

The DRC is located at the Gertrude Davenport Building, 1607 Martin Luther King Blvd. (Highway 19), Americus, will close Saturday.

Emergency Childcare will begin operations at the Disaster Recovery Center, Gertrude Davenport, Inc., Building at 1607 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Americus.

In addition to the mobile hospital being erected at 151 Mayo Street, Americus, the private organization "Heart to Heart" has deployed a 53 foot mobile medical center across the street from Sumter Regional Hospital. This facility will be used by several of Americus' private physicians. 

The D.A.V. will continue to pick up veterans at the Americus Burger King to take them to appointments at the Dublin VA Hospital.

The following six counties have been declared federal disaster areas: Baker, Crawford, McDuffie, Mitchell, Sumter and Taylor.  Workers in these counties may now be eligible for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance.  Applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) will end at the close of business on Monday April 9, 2007.

Claims may be filed between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at these Georgia Department of Labor Career Centers:

Americus Career Center, 120 W. Church St., serving Sumter and Taylor counties, 229-931-2520.

Camilla Career Center, 26 S. Harney St, serving Baker and Mitchell counties, 229-522-3630.


  • How can the rest of us help tornado victims?

Most major relief organizations say right now, they just need monetary donations. You need to direct your gift to Georgia Tornado Relief.

You can mail a check to the American Red Cross at 500 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA 31701 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

You can call the Salvation Army at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or mail a donation to P.O. Box 1436, Albany, GA 31702.

Boxes for Baker County -- contact Wyndy Enfinger at 229-723-5507 or Co-director Charlotte Kennedy at 229-724-7311.  

Baker County's Red Cross relief center is set up at the Old Courthouse on Baker Place in Newton.

Donated goods-- commercially canned foods, bottled water, baby formula, baby diapers (all sizes), personal hygiene products, non-perishable foods (individual sized cans), leather gloves, tarps, cleaning supplies--  will be received at 139 Roosevelt Street in Newton, Georgia (the old East Baker School) from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. For more information contact: Director Andy Belinc of the Baker County Emergency Management Agency at (229) 734-3000.

You can bring bottled water, non-perishable food, and cleaning supplies to a Lions Club International collection site at Palmyra United Methodist Church in Albany, post to help storm victims in Americus.

First Baptist Church in Americus is accepting bottled water.

1st United Methodist Church in Americus and the Sumter Area Ministerial Association sponsors the South Georgia Storm Recovery office at the church, 200 South Lee St. If you have donations, or work teams, contact Rev. Jim McIlrath at 229-924-9414.

A monetary donation to the American Red Cross office where you are will make sure the help gets to tornado victims in Sumter or Baker County.  

Donate Blood to Red Cross in Albany -- 229-395-6709 -- 1515 Dawson Road.  Valdosta-- 229-241-1141,  2517 Bemiss Road.


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