PEMBROKE, Ga. (WSAV) – A deadly tornado has devasted the Bryan County community. Officials say one woman was killed in Pembroke Tuesday evening and several others were injured.

As recovery efforts get 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.

Listed below are a number of items needed. For diapers and new clothing items, all sizes are welcome.

  • Gift cards
  • Monetary donations
  • Tarps
  • Bottles of Water
  • New bedding and pillows
  • New towels and washcloths
  • New socks
  • New underwear
  • Diapers
  • Dog and cat food
  • Hygiene products
    • Deodorant
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Body wash
    • Razors and shaving gel
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
    • Baby Wipes

Donations are being accepted at the following locations in Pembroke:

  • Lanier Primary School – 6024 Hwy. 280 E.
  • 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 Rd.

Disaster Response Fund

United Way of the Coastal Empire has established the Bryan County Disaster Response Fund to support residents in need of temporary shelter, food and gas cards, replacement of clothing, medicine and more.

“Our role at United Way of the Coastal Empire is to mobilize the community to support the immediate needs of survivors and the long-term needs of the area as determined by our emergency services partners,” stated United Way of the Coastal Empire President and CEO Brynn Grant. “So, even as our region faces the threat of storms again today, we are asking everyone to join us by giving to help those impacted.”

Donations can be made by texting “HelpToday” to 40403 or by visiting


Cars for the Community – April 16

Slow Movement’s car show on Saturday, April 16, will benefit those affected by the tornado in the Bryan County area.

Registration — $15 per car — will be given to the Salvation Army to support its recovery efforts.

The group will also be accepting monetary donations and material items, including new clothes, non-perishable foods and household goods.

Hosted at the Nine Line Apparel Warehouse on Highway 204, Cars for the Community will award trophies to the top 10 cars, and one for the “Best in Show” trophy. All makes and models can register.

If you need help

Lanier Primary School (6024 Hwy. 280 E.) is open as a shelter for those displaced by the storm.

If your home is damaged in the impacted area, county officials ask you to send a photo with the address to the Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services Facebook or to

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

Ellabell United Methodist Church said they have many supplies coming in. If you’re in need and cannot travel to the church, send them a message on Facebook. Their email is and phone number is 912-858-2354.

Bryan County residents can also contact the United Way for help by dialing 211.