Woman injured in tornado dies, cause of death unknown
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A second person may have died from injuries received in the Jan. 30 tornado in Adairsville.

A reader told The Daily Tribune the woman died overnight Sunday. Media reports are that Brenda Mulkey died Monday morning.

Bartow County Fire Chief and Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Millsap said, “[Officials] can’t determine if it was due to storm injuries.”

No official cause of death has been given.

Anthony Raines, 51, was the only confirmed fatality in the storm.

Beginning Monday, the Red Cross disaster shelter location in Bartow County, located at Manning Mill gym, began serving as a Red Cross casework center for families with emergency needs resulting from significant storm damage to their homes following the Jan. 30 tornado in Adairsville. Residents who cannot live in their homes are urged to call to set up an appointment to meet with a caseworker or to simply drop by a Red Cross center.

The agency on Monday closed the facility as a shelter, referring those needing a place to stay to the Gordon County location.

Residents whose damaged homes are livable but have other disaster-caused needs are asked to call and arrange to speak with a Red Cross caseworker.

Millsap said Monday 472 homes received storm damage during Wednesday’s storms.

Red Cross shelters continue to offer a safe refuge with cots, blankets, meals, personal hygiene kits, and health and emotional support. To date, the Red Cross has provided more than 83 overnight stays for displaced families, and served more than 1,523 meals at shelters and through mobile outreach in partnership with the Salvation Army. Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles will continue mobile feeding (snacks and water) in hard-hit areas today. Hundreds of clean-up kits and bulk items were distributed from ERVs throughout the weekend; these supplies will be available at the Red Cross centers today.

Dozens of Red Cross disaster responders from the Northwest Georgia and Metro Atlanta chapters are supporting the relief effort, and are joined by emergency partners from the surrounding area.

For more information, contact the Red Cross call center at 404-870-4440. Georgians can click www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make a credit card donation or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

NorthPointe Church, 30 Orchard Road, Adairsville, 770-387-8135, and Adairsville Church of God, 297 Old Dixie Highway N.W., Adairsville, 770-773-3264 are continuing to seek volunteers and donations to aid in the recovery effort.

United Way of Bartow County, 770-386-1677, previously established a tornado relief fund following the April 2011 tornado. The agency is accepting monetary contributions and the funds collected will go directly to Adairsville tornado victims who qualify.

The Daily Tribune News, 251 S. Tennessee St., Cartersville, and WBHF Community Radio, 7 N. Wall St., Cartersville, are serving as United Way drop-off sites for supplies. These supplies might include bottled water, flashlights, batteries, diapers and blankets.

Millsap said the Small Business Administration spent Monday doing assessments to the devastated area.

It is not likely the county will meet the threshold for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he added.

The boil water advisory, Adairsville City Manager Pat Crook said during an update meeting Monday evening, is still in effect this morning. City officials are expecting to get the results of the latest test by 2 p.m.

If the test comes back clean, Crook added, today will be the earliest day for the boil advisory to be lifted. Mayor Evan King said the water was still safe to use, but boiling was a precaution in light of the city losing its Collins Mountain water tank.

Adairsville police also lifted the dusk-to-dawn curfew for the city, although officers will continue increased patrols in the area.