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Early Co. family picking up the pieces after Monday tornado

Lisa Jenkins said American Red Cross officials got the family signed up for emergency vouchers.
Lisa Jenkins said American Red Cross officials got the family signed up for emergency vouchers.(WALB)
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 9:44 AM EST
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DAMASCUS, Ga. (WALB) - A relative of an Early County family said it takes a village to get over a weather disaster like Monday’s tornado.

The Cratic family said they didn’t see the tornado coming.

Before it happened, one grandchild said a storm is coming as he was watching television.

The family didn’t believe the grandson. Then, a tornado came and destroyed their home.

Thankfully, no one died, but a few people in this family were injured. They checked out of Miller County Hospital the next day.

The father, Melvin Cratic, said his family lost everything.

A relative of his kept WALB updated once we left the scene.

Lisa Jenkins said it takes a village to get over a weather disaster like this.
Lisa Jenkins said it takes a village to get over a weather disaster like this.(WALB)

“A lot of what we did was just trying to salvage any clothes so they won’t really have to find nothing. But a lot of stuff they got to just replace a lot of stuff because it’s hard to find and if you do, it’s torn up or broken,” said Lisa Jenkins, who is a cousin of the Cratic family and an Albany State University nursing instructor.

Jenkins said American Red Cross officials got the family signed up for emergency vouchers.

They will also give the Cratic family resources for clean-up.

The family is insured with State Farm and an insurance agent came after American Red Cross.

The insurance agent said State Farm’s computer system is shut down right now because of what’s going on in Texas and their severe weather situation, according to Jenkins.

Patricia Cratic, who is Melvin’s wife, has diabetes. Her medication for diabetes was inside their refrigerator and they found it upside down in the yard.

Jenkins suggested to Patricia that she should just call their pharmacy and let them know that they were just in a disaster.

Jenkins said this would because of a disaster and they’ll refill it.

The Cratic family will stay with relatives in the meantime.

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