Northwest GA Red Cross volunteers deploy as Michael nears

October 10, 2018--11:00 a.m.


As Hurricane Michael continues to strengthen as it approaches the gulf coast, Red Cross operations strengthen in response.

Two local volunteers from Northwest Georgia have been called upon to help with oversight of the Red Cross response in the state.

Weyland Billingsley of Bartow County and Julie Maloney of Cherokee County  have been tapped to aid in administering Red
Cross disaster services to those effected by the storm.

“Julie has been deployed to Valdosta and Weyland is in Macon,” said Red Cross of Northwest Georgia disaster program manager Carla Maton. “Both will be working in government operations as liaisons to local emergency management’s emergency operations centers.”

As liaisons, the pair will help in the assessment of how Red Cross will partner with other agencies to respond to the expected devastation left by the storm as it cuts a path through Georgia.

The category four hurricane is feared to be the strongest to ever hit the gulf coast. Governors of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama have declared states of emergency. 

How You Can Help

For anyone hoping to help those affected by Hurricane Michael, they are encouraged to visit or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) where they will find information on how they can volunteer, give blood or make a financial contribution.


A Rome City Commission meeting has been scheduled for Monday.
House bill 481, also known as the "Heartbeat Bill" has passed the Georgia State Senate.
A Calhoun man was arrested early Friday morning on multiple drug charges.
The Cherokee County Man Reported Missing Friday Morning Has Been Found Safe.
A man is charged with 2nd-degree cruelty to children, two teen are accused of making threat in separate incidents, and police make several drug arrests.
The Rome City Schools board members voted Thursday during a special session to fill vacancies for the 2019-2020 school year.
No one was injured when a train struck a truck carrying several vehicles Thursday evening on Bethel Church Road.
The Rome-Floyd Metro Drug Task-force seized drugs and weapons Thursday during a raid in North Floyd County
A Cartersville man was arrested early Wednesday morning after a traffic stop.
A teen is charged with rape and aggravated child molestation, a man is accused of trying to choke a woman, and another man is charged with auto theft.