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State of emergency, curfew remains in place

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A State of emergency remains in effect for damaged areas of North Bryan County. There has been significant damage to the Park Place and Homestead Drive neighborhoods, Hendrix Park, Black Creek Golf Club, and the areas of Pembroke including the County complex.  Avoid these areas as you go about your day. At this point, a curfew will again be in effect for the impacted areas from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 Volunteers for April 7, 2022 will only be needed for the following duties. All volunteers must report to Lanier Primary for assignments.

·         Assistance with sorting and organizing donations at staging (Lanier Primary School) to include assisting with feeding first responders. (food will be provided)

·         Assistance with sorting, organizing & distributing donations at Ellabell United Methodist Church on Hwy 204

·         Assistance with sorting, organizing & distributing donations at Bryan County Family Connection in Pembroke (40 South Industrial Blvd)

·         Assistance with sorting, organizing and distributing of food to families and first responders at Bryan County Elementary (250 Payne Drive in Pembroke)

If you need non-emergency help, to request a welfare check, or to report large debris, please call (912) 858- INFO.  A debris management schedule will be available on April 7, 2022.

 Several organizations are offering help to those displaced by the storm. This is not a complete list:

·         The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Lanier Primary School opening at 6:00 p.m. Food and water will be provided for those that are displaced. Pets are not allowed at the shelter. Contact Bryan County Animal Control to make arrangements for your pets if you plan to stay in a shelter.

·         The Bridge Church at 745 Mason Road in Pembroke is offering hot meals and  hot showers with soap and towels included until 9:00 p.m. tonight.

·         Christ Baptist Church at 3580 Wilma Edwards Road is offering their kitchen for the neighborhoods that have lost power to cook meals in until 9:00 p.m.

·         Bryan County Elementary is offering 150 hot meals

Donations for the victims of the tornado can be directed to Bryan County Family Connection in at 40 South Industrial Boulevard, Pembroke. There is a list of needs on their Facebook page. A list of basic needs includes toiletries, underwear, socks, diapers, tarps, food, and water. Monetary donations can also be made to Bryan County Family Connections and Ellabell United Methodist Church at 3279 GA-204, Ellabell.

United Way of the Coastal Empire has established the Bryan County Disaster Response Fund in response to the devastating tornado. It will provide critical emergency support to impacted Bryan County residents in need of temporary shelter, food and gas cards, replacement of clothing, medicine and more.

Donations can be made by texting “HelpToday” to 40403 or by visiting the United Way of the Coastal Empire website at Bryan County residents impacted by the tornado should call 211 for assistance.

All courts will be closed until further notice. All County business will be conducted at the Bryan County administration building in Richmond Hill at 66 Captain Matthew Freeman Drive until further notice.

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