The situation in Coastal Georgia is severe and many communities—both urban and rural—face significant needs in recovery from Hurricane Matthew. Now is a time for Georgians to join together and come to the aid of their neighbors.
There are many organizations that will be pulling together frontline civilians to deliver recovery aid in coming days and weeks. Jim will work side-by-side in the coming days with other Georgians to help both evacuees and those who stayed behind, and we encourage all Georgians to give money and time to assist those directly impacted by the storm. A few examples of organizations working on the front-lines are provided below:
American Red Cross goes wherever needed, so people can have clean water, safe shelter and hot meals when they need them most. Give Here: http://rdcrss.org/2dFj57l
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Give here: bit.ly/TRMatthewRelief
The Southeast Branch of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia serves the counties of Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, McIntosh, and Wayne. The Southeast Branch works with roughly 100 agencies to distribute more than 2.20 million pounds of food a year to individuals and families who are experiencing food insecurity. Give here: http://www.helpendhunger.org/take-action/
The Savannah State University Foundation, Inc. is a Georgia non-profit corporation with the purpose of receiving, investing and administering the private support of Savannah State University. In the wake of the storm, hundreds of students have been displaced, classes have been canceled, and the university is beginning its recovery efforts from significant flooding and damage to the campus. Give here: http://www.savannahstate.edu/alumni-donors-parents/foundations.shtml
Additionally, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has declined to extend the voter registration deadline despite the storm’s severe impacts. Secretary Kemp’s apparent solution was for residents without power to register online. Given that over 100,000 Georgians are without power today, this solution is not longer laughable—it’s a clear pattern of unAmerican behavior by a Secretary of State determined to disenfranchise minority voters. It is offensive and outrageous to play politics with public safety, particularly with our most sacred right as Americans. We call on Secretary Kemp to extend the voter registration deadline to Friday, October 14 to allow the restoration of power and basic cleanup by first-responders.
Finally, a sincere thank you to our police, firemen, linemen, National Guard, ordinary Georgians, and folks from any other walk of life who are on the frontlines of recovery. At times of crisis like this, Georgians prove why we’re the greatest state in America.