Rome Cares tracking Irma’s impact before next delivery; donation center closing Tuesday; reopens Wednesday at 8 a.m. (but you can give online).

Rome Cares tracking Irma’s impact before next delivery; donation center closing Tuesday; reopens Wednesday at 8 a.m. (but you can give online).

Pallets of water dropped off at Rome Cares collection center. (Facebook photo)


Rome Cares is closed Tuesday but will reopen Wednesday at 8 a.m. Please see online donation information below.

Rome Cares team awaiting Irma’s impact on Northwest Georgia: Sgt. Carrie Edge with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office says they are awaiting Irma’s arrival in Georgia before making a decision on where they will head next with supplies. “We are staying in close contact with Floyd EMA Director Tim Herrington in assessing the weather. We will probably be going somewhere in South Georgia but we want to make sure that Rome is taken care of first. Our Sheriff’s Posse of volunteers is the largest group for EMA assistance in the state. We will be making decision about where we will go next week. We have enough donations to fill two tractor-trailers right now. We know they will be needed either in Georgia or Florida,” she says.

Latest from Rome Cares:

  • Dropoff site at 1929 N. Broad St. will be closed Tuesday; reopening Wednesday. Click Floyd Sherff or on Facebook.
  • RomeGaCares Disaster Relief Hotline:  706-252-0978
  • The critical needs:
    -Cleaning supplies, bug spray, shovels, box fans and disaster relief kits.
    -While water is appreciated, the other items are far more needed at this point.
    -Another volunteer tractor trailer and driver are needed for the next run.

What to donate, including online:

Individuals and groups wishing to provide a disaster relief kit to those in need may do so by:
-Donating $65 to RomeGaCares: A tax deductible gift may also be contributed securely on our website at  Other methods for monetary contributions include in person gifts to RomeGaCares at any Synovus bank (Citizens First in Rome, GB & T in Bartow and Gordon counties), gifts can be mailed to the address listed on the attachment, and on-site gifts of cash or cards (through Square).

-Donations in any amount will be accepted and pooled toward the purchase of a flood recovery kit.
-Donations can be made online through the RomeGaCares page at
-Mailing a check or money order made out to Rome Cares 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.This kit may be dropped off at 1929 North Broad Street; Rome, GA 30161. Please contact us at 706-252-0978 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.


Volunteers will be needed to accept and assemble donations and load trailers. These efforts must be coordinated through our Volunteer 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.


Blood Assurance reports that “Hurricane Harvey and flooding associated with the storm has had a major impact on the nation’s blood supply. In response, Blood Assurance has sent and will continue sending blood supply to centers in Southeast Texas. Blood Assurance is asking the community to make a blood donation at a local donor center or bloodmobile drives because of the increased demand. Says Brian McDaniel of Blood Assurance’s Georgia operations: “The need for blood supply is urgent, and we want to ensure every person affected by Hurricane Harvey has the blood supply they need during this time.”​ The AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism has also issued a request urging eligible donors across America to make and keep donation appointments as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment at a donor center or blood drive near you, please visit, call 800-962-0628 or text ‘BAGIVE ‘ to 444999.


The Salvation Army of Rome relayed this message from its Houston colleagues who are dedicated to “Feeding. Sheltering. Rescuing. Comforting.”  Give relief to those affected by #Harvey
• Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• Text “STORM” to 51555
• Donate online at


The Northwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross has deployed at least four volunteers and it’s locally-based Emergency Response Vehicle to help in relief efforts from Hurricane HarveyHow to help: The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.


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