Preparing for a monster: Massive Hurricane Dorian has local aftermath teams on the ready, including RomeGaCares, Salvation Army, Red Cross.

Preparing for a monster: Massive Hurricane Dorian has local aftermath teams on the ready, including RomeGaCares, Salvation Army, Red Cross.

The Georgia Highlands College Lady Chargers back in action at RomeGaCares last fall prepare ready kits for storm victims.


A hurricane, like most natural disasters, always pack a one-two punch. There’s the survival mode, from evacuations to hunkering down, as the storm’s fury rocks the region.

And then comes the aftermath. Injuries, storm damage, feeding and shelter, restoring basic services.

Throughout the Labor Day weekend, as Hurricane Dorian’s threat and intensity grew, crews were preparing to move in after the hit — be it direct, from feeder bands or other remnants from the beast. Here are a few updates from Northwest Georgia with more to come as the storm draws closer to the East Coast.


Among those watching the storm are Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and the board from RomeGaCares. The volunteer effort has assisted storm victims for years, including three times in 2017 and Hurricane Michael last year. Burkhalter, contacted Sunday, says the board met several weeks ago as hurricane season neared its peak weeks. They’re now watching Dorian to see where they might be needed and when.

As in the past, Burkhalter says the volunteer team likely would go to a storm-stricken community that might be outside the areas receiving the most aid and the most media coverage. They’ve done so in Texas, Florida and Carolinas in recent years — much to the appreciation of local law enforcement and the communities.

  • 2018-Florida: On the ground in Port St. Joe, Fla.: Team from Floyd Sheriff’s Office and RomeGaCares distributing supplies and helping with hurricane cleanup. Last year
  • 2018-North Carolina: RomeGaCares team back home after distributing relief kits, fans, water to those in need in North Carolina. Last year


This update from Capt. Jason Smith of The Salvation Army: “I am on standby as are additional officers and staff through. I will be serving as Incident Commander, responsible for The Salvation Army’s overall response in Georgia.”

From Facebook: While we pray for our friends in the Bahamas, The Salvation Army USAhas #disaster teams ready from FL to NC monitoring #HurricaneDorian. On stand-by are more than 75 mobile feeding units and five command teams. Read more at Response updates

How to help: Financial contributions are the best way to help during disaster. A cash donation allows charitable relief agencies to use monetary contributions to purchase exactly what disaster survivors need. Monetary contributions are also easy to get to the disaster area. Supplies can almost always be purchased locally at the disaster site and provide savings in multiple ways. Money used to purchase needed items locally can support local and state economies, helping local businesses and workers, which have suffered losses in the wake of the disaster event.

  • Donations: Mail checks to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, Ga., 30301 Please designate Hurricane Dorian on all checks.
  • Online:
  • Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY


  • Visit: redcross org
  • Call: 1-800-RED-CROSS
  • Text: DORIAN to 90999 to make a $10 donation
  • If you live in the NWGA area, please mail checks made out to Red Cross Northwest Georgia, 112 John Maddox Drive, Rome, Ga. 30165


In Atlanta, for example, pet shelters were taking in pets that had to evacuate with families. The Atlanta Humane Society already had four dozens visitors and another shelter was holding an emergency adoption to help clear space for expected refugees (click 95.5 FM WSB)

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