UPDATE: American Red Cross moves disaster relief to Canton Fair Grounds

The American Red Cross has teamed up with more than a dozen other local disaster relief organizations to help residents still recovering from Saturdays's devastating tornadoes.

On Sunday, May 7, 2017 the Emory Multi Agency Resource Center closed according to a press release from Executive Director Tammy Prater.

The American Red Cross teamed up with more than a dozen other local disaster relief organizations to help residents still recovering from Saturday’s devastating tornadoes.

The Canton Civic Center operated at 800 Flea Market Blvd from May 4 - 6 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on May 7 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Starting Monday, May 8, 2017,  most of the resource agencies will cease operation at the Canton Civic Center. Red Cross representatives will transfer to the Canton Distribution Center located at the Canton Fair Grounds. They will be able to answer questions and make arrangements for casework and will stay there as long as the center remains open. It is located in Canton at 24742 State Hwy 64.

"People are still overwhelmed by everyday life, by cleanup, by phone calls with insurance agencies. So, if they need other resources or you know just a place to go to find out if they're on the right track then they can come here," said American Red Cross spokesperson Renee Felton. 

Representatives will be handing out food, water and basic household items in addition to much needed long term assistance for families.

"We came here today to see if we could get some assistance with lodging more than anything," Eustace resident Curtis Hordge said.

Curtis and Linda Hordge's home of 10 years was destroyed on Saturday. They said it was a miracle they made it out alive.

"We saw a chair fly off the porch, a tree branch blew across there and I stood up to see what was going on and immediately after I stood up, the house exploded," Hordge said, "all of the windows and glass just flew in and the roof flew off." 

Without help from disaster relief organizations, Hordge said it would have been impossible to survive.

"Without the help of the red cross and other agencies providing for us, we probably wouldn't be able to survive, we'd be sleeping in our car."

That's why relief organizations said they're not going anywhere.

"We're all here and ready to help and willing to help as we have been since disaster struck on Saturday," Felton said.

Representatives continue to encourage those impacted to contact the Red Cross at 866-505 4801.

Anyone who wishes to make a monetary donation to disaster relief efforts may do so at redcross.org, by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

For more information, visit the American Red Cross website.

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