On January 22, 2017, a deadly EF-3 tornado and thunderstorms swept through the state of Georgia killing 20 people. The severe weather devastated communities and and destroyed over 2,800 homes across 16 counties. All Hands Volunteers launched efforts to help victims who have been affected by the tornado outbreak.
Our Immediate response team took on the community’s greatest needs immediately after the tornado. Our efforts were in the Cook, Brooks, Dougherty, and Thomas Counties, including the hard-hit town of Adel, where over 91 homes were destroyed and 8 people perished.
Within four days of beginning operations, the team set up two volunteer reception centers, registered over 600 volunteers while team leads provided training in the field which led to the successful execution of a massive cleanup for the Sunshine Acres mobile home park. Meanwhile over in the Thomas County, momentum ran high as volunteers were tasked to complete the needs of homeowners.
In coordination with Hands On Thomas County, we oversaw the Thomasville VRC. Work consisted of clearing debris and trees, chainsaw work, and sorting through debris for personal belongings by hand, which is critical to the affected homeowners in their recovery ahead.
After the damaging tornado ripped through south Georgia, our response team immediately jumped in to work with local officials and other partners to coordinate relief efforts.