May 4: Disaster Response Update and volunteer needs



From packing lunches to removing trees, many volunteers are needed across our conference. Please be in touch with the contact person in the area you would like to help before sending teams or supplies. Continue to check the news page at or for the latest information.  Please find previous disaster response updates below.

CONTACT: 678-533-1443

In response to the April storms, the Conference Disaster Response Team has set up a call center to help match cleanup and repair needs with volunteer teams. The phone number for the Call Center is 678-533-1443.

CONTACT: 706-935-2424 x 1028

Teams needed for chainsaw operation, tree removal, debris removal, putting tarps on roofs, equipment to move cut trees.

Supplies needed: tools, hammers, plastic cap roofing nails, brooms, mops, bleach, hard hats, safety glasses. Deliver to Ringgold Telephone Company - 423-802-9553.

CONTACT: Bill Hightower - 404-402-0480.
Incident Command:  770-228-2129

Volunteer teams are needed for tree removal. Bobcats with claws on the front are needed for moving cut trees and help with Volunteer Coordination Saturday and Sunday (May 7-8).

CONTACT: Steven Soulen - 706-601-5368 or Jason Ritter - 706-977-7835

Manchester First UMC is providing lunches for school children that are not in school due to the school being damaged. Volunteers are needed to help prepare sandwiches Monday - Friday at 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church (206 Broad St, Manchester) and drivers are needed to deliver lunches at 11 a.m.

Teams are needed with chain saws for tree removal and debris cleanup. Teams with bobcats or small tractors are needed to move trees to curb for pickup.

Housing is available for volunteer work teams.

Warm Springs Fire Department is collecting bleach (small containers), laundry detergent, diapers, sunscreen and deodorant. Call 706-655-2030.

CONTACT: Disaster Recovery Center - 706-291-5144

Volunteer Information:
Volunteers are critically needed to work in the affected neighborhoods to remove trees and debris.  Need Volunteer Groups and Individuals to help with the removal process.  These include teams of people who can clear debris, certified to run a chainsaw, provide strong backs and willing hearts. Before coming to the Rome/Floyd County area, contact the Disaster Recovery Center 706-291-5144.

Additional Needs and Volunteer opportunities can be found at the following website:

Individuals or groups wishing to donate items can take them to the Disaster Recovery Center on West 3rd Street. The following items are being accepted: bottled water, construction bags, garbage bags, tarps, gloves, masks, toiletry items, sunscreen. We are NOT accepting clothes.

Contribution of items are also being accepted at Bagwell Food Pantry, Rome Action Ministries (706-766-2031), Habitat for Humanity, Third Street Ministries and The Salvation Army in Rome and Floyd County.  Items needed are:
Priority:  Canned protein items, such as canned chicken, meat, Spaghettios, macaroni and choose, etc.  Non-perishable items, bottled water, Gatorade, paper towels, cleaning supplies, gloves, and lidded totes (like Rubbermaid storage bins). Tarps, heavy duty garbage bags, work gloves are also needed.

Clothing accepted at Salvation Army and Third Street Ministries only.

The Disaster Recovery Center is in charge of organizing the volunteer groups and donations. If you would like to volunteer items or services, please call 706-291-5144.

CONTACT: Jeffrey Grubbs - 770-823-8445

Needs: People, chain saws for tree removal, debris removal.

CONTACT: Terri - 770-878-1992

Command Center is open through Friday, May 6. Volunteers are needed to distribute food, serve hot meals, and deliver to families.  Help needed at distribution center, some need for clean-up/debris removal.

CONTACT: 855-862-8657

The North Alabama Conference Disaster Response Center Call center is now open.This call center will field phone calls for the North Alabama Conference tornado disaster response. The toll free number is 855-862-8657. Call Center Hours are Monday - Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you would like to make a donation to North Georgia Conference Disaster Relief you can drop a check in your church offering plate (made out to your local church and marked #3740 North Georgia Conference Disaster Relief) or mailed to the North Georgia Conference Treasurer's Office (made out to NGUMC and marked #3740) at PO Box 102417, Atlanta, GA 30368-2417. 


Previous disaster response updates

May 3 Update
May 2 Update
May 1 Update
April 29 Update
April 28 Update