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"Lives have been changed forever:" Group helps with mental, emotional problems after storms

The Georgia Recovery Project is working to help people cope with January's storms. (Source: WALB) The Georgia Recovery Project is working to help people cope with January's storms. (Source: WALB)
One of the project's teams is working to get financial assistance to help people in Berrien, Cook and Turner Counties. (Source: WALB) One of the project's teams is working to get financial assistance to help people in Berrien, Cook and Turner Counties. (Source: WALB)
"It really looks like a movie scene," Scotty Ireland said Friday of the tornado damage. (Source: WALB) "It really looks like a movie scene," Scotty Ireland said Friday of the tornado damage. (Source: WALB)
The team leader, Julie Tibbetts, said the team has been going door-to-door in those three counties for about a week. (Source: WALB) The team leader, Julie Tibbetts, said the team has been going door-to-door in those three counties for about a week. (Source: WALB)
TURNER CO., GA (WALB) -

"It really looks like a movie scene," Scotty Ireland said Friday of the tornado damage that still surrounds where his home used to stand in Turner County.

Back on January 22, a tornado hit his home, with his wife inside. The roof caved in, and she was trapped. Ireland, a Turner Co. Sheriff's Deputy, rescued his wife.

"She still has flashbacks, when the wind blows real hard," he said of his wife.

The emotional element left behind is one that the Georgia Recovery Project is working to help people cope with.

One of the project's teams is working to get financial assistance to help people in Berrien, Cook and Turner Counties who might need mental and emotional help.

The team leader, Julie Tibbetts, said the team has been going door-to-door in those three counties for about a week, talking with storm survivors.

"Almost everybody that we've talked to is experiencing some type of distress from this tornado," Tibbetts said.

Until the end of March, the team is spreading the word that people affected by the storms need to let the team know if they're in need.

If the team is able to show the state level that there are enough people who need this kind of help, the project should get grant money from both GEMA and FEMA to pay for counseling sessions.

"Lives have been changed forever. We just want to keep helping them adjust to what's going on."

Tibbetts adds your call can be anonymous, and doesn't necessarily have to be documented.

To get in contact with the team, call (229) 896-4559.

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