The tornadoes of April 28, 2014, provided a horrible reminder of what individuals, families and communities in Alabama suffered just three years ago. As people take stock of losses from the recent storms, we continue to reach out to serve those whose homes are still in ruins, neighborhoods destroyed and support systems straining to meet continued needs.
The areas of Graysville, Bessemer, Kimberly, Morris and Oneonta were most impacted with damage also being reported in Walker County and Adamsville. Assessment of the damage is in process but the estimate in Jefferson County alone is that 500 families were impacted.
If you are a victim of the storms you can contact United Way of Central Alabama through their 2-1-1 line for information about available resources.
If you would like to donate, you can help to support immediate needs through the Salvation Army and Red Cross as well as other first responders like Christian Service Mission and Hands on Birmingham who are helping people in need of shelter and food.
The Community Foundation is working with local service organizations; other funders and the Central Alabama Long Term Recovery Committee to monitor and address any unmet needs that emerge.
Please check back for updates as we continue to receive information.
Update on 5/12/14: Governor Bentley requested a major federal disaster declaration; on May 2nd, President Obama declared a major federal disaster in Alabama, covering the counties of Jefferson Baldwin, Lee, Limestone and Mobile. On May 8th, Blount County was among five counties added. The declaration covers individual assistance (help to individuals and families with damage to home and other property) and public assistance (help rebuilding public facilities).
Update: Visit the Hands on Birmingham website for more information about volunteer opportunities for skilled and unskilled labor to assist in recovery efforts.