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 hundreds of homes. All Hands Volunteers has officially launched efforts on the ground to help victims who have been affected by the tornado outbreak..
Our Immediate response team have been working around the clock to take on the community’s greatest needs since the tornado. Our efforts have begun in the Cook 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 remains high as volunteers are tasked to complete the needs of homeowners.
In coordination with Hands On Thomas County, we will continue to oversee the Thomasville VRC. Initial work includes clearing sites of 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.
We remain as focused as ever on our commitment to serve those in the greatest need. Check back here for updates.
Overview indicating tornado-damaged structures and impact
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.