May 5: Disaster Response update and volunteer needs


Almost two weeks after deadly storms traveled through Georgia, many volunteers are still 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.

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. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CONTACT: Bill Hightower - 404-402-0480.
Incident Command - 770-228-2129
Distribution Center - 404-851-4917

Volunteer teams with chainsaws are needed for tree removal. Bobcats with claws on the front are needed for moving cut trees.

Nonperishable food, other donated goods are needed. Donated goods will be received at 819 Memorial Dr., Griffin beginning today (May 5). The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Greatest needs are: nonperishable food, bottled water, building supplies, baby formula, baby diapers, cribs, strollers, car seats, household items, blankets, personal hygiene products, leather gloves, tarps, cleaning supplies, plastic goods (cups and cutlery), paper goods (napkins, plates, paper towels, toilet paper), disposable gloves and trash bags. No clothing donations.
CONTACT: 706-935-2109 or 706-935-2199
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: Steven Soulen - 706-601-5368 or Jason Ritter - 706-977-7835

Manchester First UMC (206 Broad St., Manchester) is providing lunches for school children that are not in school due to storm damage. Drivers are needed to deliver lunches at 11 a.m. beginning May 16.

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.

Volunteers needed to assist with child care Monday through Friday through the summer.

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

Health Care or Comfort Kits are needed. Your group or church can assemble these following guidelines at and click on "health kits."

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: 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.

CONTACT: Reese Faucett 423-488-7060 or Vanessa Holland 423-322-6094

Volunteer teams needed. Trenton UMC is central location for volunteer sign up.

Needs: Nonperishable food, sugar-free food, gatorade, powerade, toiletries, clean up supplies.

Donated items may be delivered to Salvation Army in LaGrange.

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. 

CONTACT: Donna Goff - 770-943-3008 or

McEachern Memorial UMC in Powder Springs has offered to be a central receiving and distribution site for nonperishable food and supplies. Drop goods at Oaks Hall on McEachern's Campus on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m. 

Previous disaster response updates

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