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Disaster Relief for Griffin

I think I may be running on 18 hours of sleep since last Wednesday, but I’m thanking God I have a bed to sleep in.

The moment the sun came out on April 28, I was in my car with my camera trying to see what was damaged in my home town.

My plan was to take some pictures, post a blog and get more volunteers…. Happy to say it’s been working!

…. and Facebook!!! It has recruited dozens of volunteers who’ve seen our posts and jumped in their cars to come help with clean up!

The first day of volunteering gave me two tornado surviving- roomies, Leah & Emily. We were so tired after the first day, Leah slipped up and told someone we were Relief Disasters, instead of Disaster Relief.:)We lovingly refer to ourselves as RD’s now.

One thing I was really surprised about after day 2 is the absence of any medical care at these disaster areas. Salvation Army and Red Cross have been there to supply the basic life-sustaining needs such as food and water, but first aid has not been available.

Every day since the tornado hit, we have had different volunteers who’ve stepped on nails. Every day. Not everyone has the steel boots and many come to help in tennis shoes. We survived on one first aid kit from a channel two news crew, but are again in need of more supplies.

Clean up is dangerous. Below are pictures from the past few days of cleanup in the hardest hit areas of Griffin: West Ellis, Sidney, Quail, Moon Road, West McIntosh and Highway 92.

If you would like to help or donate, please contact me! We’ve organized more than 40 volunteers every day to help out on these roads and will be partnering with the American Red Cross over the next few days.

Below: Lauren Powell’s hands are cut from trees and shards of glass. She was wearing gloves.

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Below: Christy Mandin moves a tree that fell on the fence.

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Below: Agustin Orozco-Tello and Lauren Powell take a break to pour water on their wounds since first aid kits are not available.undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined

Below: Emily Higgins works hard to clear debris from this home on West McIntosh.

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Below: Wade White sharpens his chainsaw after days of hard work on various properties.undefinedundefinedundefinedundefined

Above: She sweeps the floor that used to be her home.

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Needs:

  • Packing boxes
  • First Aid Kits
  • People with chainsaws willing to visit various properties
  • Medical Personnel on each site
  • Gloves for Volunteers
  • Toiletries
  • Childcare on site for families
  • People willing to prepare food
  • Storage Units
  • Heavy Duty trash bags
  • Businesses willing to donate usage of construction equipment
  • Clean up crews
Erin Driskell - May 3, 2011 - 4:46 pm

I am willing to supply tolietries for anything u need. i am also an lpn. i work from 8 to 5 most days so i am not available until after 5 but i would be available this sunday if needed….just let me know…..

Elizabeth Rojas - May 5, 2011 - 1:17 pm

I am a Girl Scout leader in Conyers, GA. Our brownie troop has been touched by the disaster that has affected our neighbors and want to do something. We plan to do a Disaster Relief Drive in our community on May 14th and need to be able to bring donations to people who can use them. I am looking for contacts in GRIFFIN. Can you please contact me if you can help?

Otis C Jone - May 13, 2011 - 2:46 pm

I represent a church and would like to get information how we can volunteer for any for of assistance at this time. I can be reached at 404-346-0485 or 678-296-6548.

Otis C Jones - May 13, 2011 - 2:51 pm

I represent a church group and would like to know if volunteers are still needed. If so, where and when? Can be reached at 404-346-0485 and 678-296-6548.

Katia Singletary - April 13, 2012 - 2:43 pm

“Beautiful” photos, beautiful website!

admin - September 9, 2012 - 7:42 pm

Thank you Katie :) Yours is beautiful too!

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