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Disaster response teams begin work in Dougherty County

Long term recovery groups are in Albany. (Source: WALB) Long term recovery groups are in Albany. (Source: WALB)
Mark Martin is one of the coordinators with World Renew. (Source: WALB) Mark Martin is one of the coordinators with World Renew. (Source: WALB)
Cynthia Collins is a local volunteer. (Source: WALB) Cynthia Collins is a local volunteer. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

A group of out-of-state volunteers took to the streets of Dougherty County on Monday, in an effort to help folks recover from January's storms.

The group goes by the name 'World Renew Disaster Response Services'. 

They were called to Albany from the mid-west. 

Groups will be going door-to-door talking to people who were affected by the storms for the next two weeks. 

They also have walk-in centers at Radium Springs Baptist Church and the Old Coke Plant on Pine Avenue.

The goal of the group is to find out what people need and how their recovery process is going.

They will then give that information to long-term recovery teams with the city and county.  

"The most important thing for them to know is if they come and we get their information, then they are in the database for long-term recovery committee," said World Renew Disaster Response Volunteer Mark Martin. "They know where they are, the resources they need and they can make something happen for them."

Volunteers who live in the area are helping out too, like Cynthia Collins.

"So many of these people still aren't in their homes. They're still living in motels, they still can't get power turned on, they still have tarps on houses," said Collins.

Walk in Centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the next two weeks. 

They are located in Albany at the Radium Springs Baptist Church, 2402 Roxanna Road and the Old Coke Plant, 925 Pine Avenue. 

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