Organizations gather to help those in need after Hurricane Matthew

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - We are a month into recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew swept through.

The Chatham Community Organizations Active in Disaster meeting was held Wednesday with members of CEMA, FEMA, local charities and faith-based volunteer groups looking at long-term recovery options and the response to Matthew.

The group got an update on conditions and looking at how to best organize local groups to help those in need. How to best coordinate volunteer labor and materials, to benefit more individual needs over the long haul. Trying to avoid duplication of services and also make sure people do not fall through the cracks.

"We react to disasters in some ways the federal government can't, we can resources into communities and people on the ground, from muck out to restoring homes and rebuilding lives," said Ken McKenzie, with GA Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters.

This is a lengthy process. They work with FEMA to identify and prioritize which people who may need help. Based on things like time, money and volunteers available, try to help.

If you have questions, problems or would like to help, in Savannah you can call 311 or the United Way at 211.

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