Lo­cals be­gin col­lect­ing aid for those in hur­ri­cane path

Now that Hur­ri­cane Michael has left Ge­or­gia, lo­cal groups quickly be­gin putting to­gether re­lief ef­forts to send to South Ge­or­gia and Florida.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By John Popham JPopham@RN-T.com

Sev­eral re­gional out­reach groups have be­gun as­sem­bling re­sources to send to ar­eas that were dev­as­tated by Hur­ri­cane Michael which made land­fall on Wed­nes­day, slam­ming into the Florida Pan­han­dle be­fore churn­ing through Ge­or­gia.

Red­mond Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter and the Amer­i­can Red Cross have al­ready started send­ing sup­port to af­fected cities such as Panama City, Florida, as well as Val­dosta and Ma­con. RomeGaCares will mo­bi­lize for the fourth time in the 12 months, gath­er­ing re­lief kits and vol­un­teers to take to af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

RomeGaCares

Sgt. Car­rie Edge of the Floyd County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said she will be up­dat­ing the RomeGaCares por­tion of the sher­iff’s of­fice web­site with in­for­ma­tion on how peo­ple can help.

As of right now, she said they are not sure where they are go­ing but will need vol­un­teers and dona­tions. Cur­rently nine peo­ple from the sher­iff’s of­fice have vol­un­teered to take time off and help with the re­lief ef­fort. Edge said the sher­iff’s of­fice will have a do­na­tion drop off lo­ca­tion at 1929 N. Broad St. be­gin­ning on Mon­day. Those wish­ing to drop off sup­plies for dis­as­ter re­lief kits can do so there, and vol­un­teers are needed to sort through the items to make the kits in the ware­house be­hind North Rome Church of God. Schools also take col­lec­tions, and some items can be sent with the kids when those take place. For more in­for­ma­tion on vol­un­teer­ing or ques­tions about what is needed, visit their web­site, Face­book page or send an email at romegacares@ gmail.com.

Red­mond Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter

Red­mond Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter has sent five ve­hi­cles and around 10 peo­ple to a sis­ter med­i­cal cen­ter in Panama City.

Marty Robin­son, direc­tor of Red­mond

EMS, said they were con­tacted by

Gulf Coast Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter that the hospi­tal had taken some dam­age and they needed to trans­port pa­tients to other hos­pi­tals in the area.

“Our guys re­ally stepped up to the plate,” Robin­son said. “Glad we were able to help them out.”

John Quin­li­van, CEO of Red­mond Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, said there are cur­rently 130 pa­tients at the Florida hospi­tal that need to be evac­u­ated; the pa­tients in the most crit­i­cal con­di­tion have al­ready been moved.

Red­mond sent three ad­vanced life sup­port am­bu­lances, two non-emer­gency trans­port vans, crews for all five ve­hi­cles and fi­nally an in­pa­tient ther­apy team. Robin­son said they are not sure how long they will be down there, but if their stay is pro­longed then sup­port will be sent to re­lieve the teams cur­rently de­ployed.

Sgt. Car­rie Edge

Marty Robin­son

John Quin­li­van

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