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Florence relief efforts: RomeGaCares basing hurricane relief operations at North Rome Church of God; how to help. Calhoun power crew deployed. Salvation Army mobilizing to help storm victims
Wednesday, September 12, 2018- 4:31 p.m. 
RomeGaCares quickly coming together; how to help.
What’s next: Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and Tim Herrington, Floyd County’s emergency management director, joined us Wednesday morning to talk about bringing back RomeCares and getting ahead of relief needs for those in the path of Hurricane Florence.
Burkhalter says he received a call Wednesday morning from North Rome Church of God about once again using the congregation’s warehouse facilities for donation drop-offs and eventual distribution.
The spot behind North Broad Street off Woodward Street was ideal for use during the 2017 relief effort for hurricane victims in Texas and later Florida. We should have more information about the opening of RomeGaCares later today.
On behalf of Sheriff Tim Burkhalter: We are enlisting the support of the Rome/ Floyd Community to help hurricane victims.  The Sheriff’s Office has established a non-profit entity called RomeGaCares to manage the donations and logistics of these disaster relief efforts.  Now, we need you to spread the word and rally the troops!
We have secured the “big ticket items” by acquiring a location for donation drop-off and storage at 1929 N. Broad St. and tractor trailers for transport. We will be receiving donations SOON- stay tuned for the date we will be opening the donation site by visiting our Facebook page at
You can help RomeGaCares in the two following ways:
Volunteer– Volunteers will be needed to accept and assemble donations and load trailers.  These efforts must be coordinated through our Coordinator by emailing  Please send us the number of volunteers and the dates and times of their availability.  The coordinator will then get back in touch with you to confirm when you are needed.  We want to make the best use of everyone’s time.
Donate– Below is a list of the specific items we will accept.  We will not accept any donations of clothing, shoes, furniture. We prefer to accept only those items that are needed most, so please use the list as your guide.  A monetary gift may also be contributed by clicking the shopping cart at the bottom of this page.  Other methods for monetary contributions are listed on the attachment.
Individuals and groups wishing to provide a disaster relief kit to those in need may do so by:
  •  Donating $65 to RomeGaCares
  •  Donations can be made online through the RomeGaCares page at
  • Mailing a check or money order made out to RomeGaCares mailed to: Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, c/o RomeGaCares, 3 Government Plaza, Rome, GA 30161
  •  Prepare a kit on your own with the items listed below or bring the items and we will prepare the kit. The items may be dropped off at 1929 North Broad Street; Rome, GA 30161. Please contact us at or 706-470-439-8277 if you have questions.
  • Kit Materials
  •  One 5-Gallon bucket with re-sealable lid
  • Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned
  •  Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner
  •  Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
  •  Liquid laundry detergent
  •  One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
  • 12-16 oz. Liquid household cleaner- concentrated
  • No spray cleaners
  • 16-28 oz. Dish soap
  • 50 Clothespins
  • One 100 ft. or two 50 ft. cotton or plastic clotheslines
  • 7 Sponges (no cellulose)
  • Twenty-four 33-45 gallon heavy-duty trash bags
  • 18 Cleaning wipes (Handi-wipes or reusable)
  • 1 Can air freshener
  • One 6-14 oz. Insect-repellant spray
  • 2 Pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves
  • 1 Pair leather work gloves
  • 5 Scouring pads (no stainless steel, Brillo pads or SOS pads; none with soap built in)
  • 1 Plastic or wooden handle scrub brush
  • 5 Dust masks
  • We will also accept: Water,  Ensure or other non-perishable meal supplements/ replacements (liquid or solid), infant and adult diapers, shovels, box fans
For more: For those wishing to volunteer or make contributions, the point of contact will be Sgt. James Womack 470-439-8277,
Please stay tuned to the sheriff’s Facebook page and for updates and information.
2.  The Salvation Army of Georgia is mobilized and moving rapidly in anticipation of Hurricane Florence’s impact on the eastern U.S. coast. Four Georgia Salvation Army canteens (mobile kitchen units) from Atlanta, Newnan, Dublin, and Valdosta and their accompanying disaster-trained staff, crew, and volunteers are en route toward pre-planned staging centers in North and South Carolina. Additional staff and crew from Elberton and Vidalia are part of the Georgia contingent. These units will join forces with other Salvation Army units responding from the Carolinas and other parts of the southeastern U.S. to provide mass feeding, hydration and spiritual care to those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Capt. Jason Smith of the Rome office is on standby for deployment as well. He’ll join us at 8:10 a.m. Thursday on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to discuss what the Salvation Army does in such times of need. Expanded update on the Salvation Army.
To support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Florence relief efforts, visit For updates on The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster response efforts, visit
Lending a hand? Please share any organized community-based efforts to aid with hurricane relief by emailing
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Floyd County Emergency Management are beginning proactive strategic planning for supply drops, volunteer registration, and logistics as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolina Coast.  A meeting is planned for this afternoon.  In 2018, the collaborative efforts of local churches, schools, businesses and law enforcement supported the hurricane relief response of RomeGaCares. RomeGaCares assisted thousands of citizens in need in Texas and Florida in the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Sheriff’s Office Deputies and community volunteers worked together for weeks to prepare, transport and deliver much-needed supplies to the devastated areas.
“With the possibility of Hurricane Florence being the strongest storm to target the region in decades, we know that this storm has the capabilities cause major damage and catastrophic flooding,” said Sheriff Tim Burkhalter. “Our RomeGaCares Disaster Relief Initiative still has resources available from our efforts in Florida and Texas; therefore, we will be proactively planning a response.”
Officials at the Sheriff’s Office say they have connections with the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association and are preparing to assist their colleagues in order to ensure maximize relief efforts. The Sheriff anticipates partnering with other sheriffs in Georgia to answer the needs of those who are affected and is calling on the generosity of the Rome and Floyd County community to assist in disaster relief efforts again this year.
For more information on how you can support RomeGaCares, visit the Sheriff’s Office website at or the office’s Facebook page. Additionally, you can email romegacares@gmail.comfor general information or contact Sgt. James Womack at 470-439-8277. Financial contributions may be given securely online on the website or checks and money orders can be mail to: 3 Government Plaza, Rome, GA 30161.
City of Calhoun team deployed to help with power restoration ahead of Hurricane Florence. From the city: “Mutual aid assistance has been requested through Electric Cities of Georgia to help with the restoration after Hurricane Florence. The City of Calhoun is joining other ECG Cities and staging at Wilson. N.C.. until the hurricane lands and restoration begins.