Bryan County, Pembroke, Ellabell Tornado Victims

PEMBROKE, Ga. (WSAV) – A deadly tornado devastated the Bryan County community. Officials say one woman was killed in Pembroke on Tuesday night and nine others were injured.

As recovery efforts are underway, many are wondering how they can help victims of the storm.


Bryan County Family Connection is working with local partners to coordinate emergency supplies. The group accepts monetary donations, as well as Ellabell United Methodist Church.

Below are a number of necessary items. For diapers and new clothes, all sizes are welcome.

  • Gift cards
  • Tarps
  • Bottles of water
  • New bedding and pillows
  • Hygiene products
    • Deodorant
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Shower gel
    • Razors and shaving gel
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
    • Baby wipes
  • New towels and washcloths
  • New socks
  • New underwear
  • Layers
  • Food for dogs and cats

Donations are accepted at the following locations:

  • Ellabell United Methodist Church – 3113 Hwy. 204
  • Bryan County Family Connection – 40 South Industrial Blvd.
  • Dairy Queen Grill & Chill – 374 W Bacon St.
  • Shuman Electric – 530 Mason Road.


For those looking to help with recovery efforts, the county encourages you to visit Lanier Elementary School at 6024 Hwy. 280 E. to receive an assignment. Firefighter Calvin Hitchcock would be the point of contact for the volunteers.

If you need help

Lanier Elementary School is open as a shelter for those displaced by the storm.

If your home is damaged in the affected area, county officials ask that you send a photo with the address to Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services Facebook or [email protected]

If you need to request a wellness check or non-emergency help, call 912-858-INFO (4636).

Ellabell United Methodist Church will be open until 7 p.m. Wednesday as a resting place with cafe, internet and bathrooms. They will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church said it was receiving many supplies. If you’re in need and can’t make it to church, message them on Facebook. Their email is [email protected] and their phone number is 912-858-2354.

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