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County issues tornado assistance summary

The Lamar County commission has issued a summary of assistance available here to tornado victims District two commissioner and CERT volunteer Charles Glass forwarded this information late Thursday afternoon: Summary of Assistance Available in Lamar County: The FEMA Assistance Center is operating 7am to 7pm seven days a week at the Gym behind the Health department (118 Academy Drive). You do not need an appointment but you should register with FEMA online ((www.disasterassistance.gov)) or by calling 800-621-3362 before you go. Computers are available at the Barnesville Library located on Thomaston St., the Health Department located at the Health Department, and the Board of Education. The Workforce Investment Board will be out in the field with computers May 6, 2011. The RV is equipped with personnel to help you register with FEMA and computers. Their schedule is as follow: 9:30 am-11:30 am- Grove St. 12:30 pm-2:30 pm- Corner of 18 and Five Points Rd. 3:00 pm-5:00 pm- Corner of Howards Rd. and Crawford Rd. ’¢Labor for Clean-up and Recovery: Chamber of Commerce ‘“ 770-358-5884 All volunteer support is being coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce. If you need assistance with tree & limb debris removal, tarps on your house, or any other labor related efforts call the Chamber. Tree and limb debris must be moved to the right of way before the County can remove it. If you live on a state highway, please push the debris to the edge of your property. ’¢Victim Assistance: Clothing, Bedding, Toiletries, Food, etc.: If you need food, clothing, bedding, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc. visit the Nazarene Church (744 US 341 Hwy, between Thomaston St. and Garden Patch). We are blessed to have more donated items at the Nazarene Church. Additional needs not met above, should be directed to the Chamber of Commerce. To check on the legitimacy of a business wanting to work on your property (see if they have a business license) call the Planning & Zoning Department at 770- 358-5364 Construction & Demolition debris (Roof or House Parts, Lumber, Bricks, Shingles, etc.) ‘“ we can deliver a dumpster. Call the Landfill ‘“ 770-358-5215. Other sources of dumpsters will probably cost you more than working with the Landfill. **The burn ban has been delayed until May 31st, 2011. County residents are allowed to burn tree and limb debris only from the storm if they get a permit each day. Call 770-358-1459 for a burn permit. IF YOUR TIMBER WAS DESTROYED BY THE TORNADOES: A CONSULTING FORESTER may be able to help you find a market for your timber. A list of consultants is available online. Go to gatrees.org, click on ‘Resources,’ click on ‘Directories, click on ‘Consulting Registered Foresters.’ A list of timber buyers is available online. Go to gatrees.org, click on ‘Resources,’ click on ‘Directories, click on ‘Master Timber Harvester Buyer Directory.’ Even if you give your wood away, do not let a logger on your property without a signed contract to protect your interests. It should contain all agreements between you and the buyer or logger in writing. A sample contract is available online. Go to gatrees.org, click on ‘Utilization and Marketing,’ click on ‘Timber Selling,’ click on ‘Forest Products Sales Contract.’ Cost-share assistance to reforest destroyed woodlands will be available under the Emergency Forest Restoration Program, administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Contact the FSA at 770-358-0787 (ext. 2) For further forestry assistance, contact Lee Milby, Management Forester, Georgia Forestry Commission, at 770-412-4753. The Burning Ban has been lifted in the month of May for Lamar and Monroe Counties. For a Burn Permit, call: Hand-piled brush 1-877-652-2876 Machine-piled or acreag 770-227-5522 or 770-229-3005

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