Disaster group seeks those still needing help after Hurricane Irma

Glynn Avenue and St. Simons Causeway Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 (Photo: City of Brunswick, Georgia, Police Department)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Disaster recovery workers are seeking more people who need their help after Hurricane Irma struck the Georgia coast in 2017.

The Salvation Army’s Disaster Long Term Recovery program is looking for more clients because it has money available to help them, The Brunswick News reported.

“We are wanting more clients because we do have more monies to spend, and that’s what we want to do, especially before potentially we have another hurricane hit,” said Martha Dismer, emergency disaster service caseworker at the Salvation Army.

The hurricane did significant damage to Georgia’s Golden Isles region when it blew ashore in September 2017.

Case managers with the program help clients assess their damages, assist them in hiring contractors to repair homes and help them to cover the costs.

The program has completed three major construction projects so far. Ten homes have received new roofs, repairs have been completed at several homes and multiple trailers have been approved for purchase to replace ones destroyed by the storm.

Dismer said people are still in need of help. The Glynn County Emergency Management Agency has reported seeing homes still covered by tarps due to damage caused by the storm, the newspaper reported.

Many are also in need in McIntosh County, Dismer said.

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