Storm recovery volunteer and assistance coordination kicking off


The Griffin-Spalding Donation Center located at 220 E. Solomon St. will be open to receive donations from 2 to 5 p.m. today.

Non-perishable food, toiletries, other personal items and gift cards are requested.

No clothing will be accepted.

Volunteers will also be in tremendous demand. If you are willing to volunteer, or if you need assistance, please call 678.453.4508.

The Georgia Red Cross is opening an emergency shelter in the Griffin First United Methodist Church Christian Enrichment Center located at 1401 Maple Drive.

Shelter, emergency essentials and emotional support is available.

The Red Cross is asking those in need of emergency assistance to call 800.733.2767.

Initial items needed are being supplied, but additional support including food and clothing will be needed later.

Spalding County Emergency Management Agency Director Glenn Polk said the county’s Emergency Operations Center has been active since Thursday afternoon, and that first responders from surrounding counties have been arriving throughout the night to assist local responders.

State assets are being utilized during this process, Polk said.

There are confirmed injuries and extensive property damage countywide.

“We greatly appreciate the public’s interest and concern for our community,” Polk said. “For now, staying home so first responders can continue recovery efforts is best. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them.”

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