On the weekend of January 21st, a violent system of over 29 confirmed tornadoes touched down from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle including parts of Alabama and Georgia. The storms left over 20 dead, many more injured, and hundreds homeless.
Officials in Albany, Georgia described the damage looking as if a nuclear bomb had gone off. “It is just total devastation and destruction,” Dougherty County EMA director Ron Rowe said in a press conference. “We have several neighborhoods that have just been removed.”
Reach Out WorldWide deployed to Dougherty County, GA within days of the disaster. Our team of firefighters and skilled chainsaw operators helped remove debris, take down unsafe trees, and provide assistance to the residents hardest hit by this tornado. We took down over 500 unsafe trees in the week we were deployed. We put in 600 man hours and helped 22 homeowners.
Photos by Cammie Cooley.