All of us here at SH&G either experienced yesterday’s terrifying weather that brought deadly tornadoes through our state firsthand, or have very close ties to family members or friends that did in areas surrounding Montgomery, the cities of Tuscaloosa & Birmingham and other cities devastated by the storm. Needless to say, we are all in disbelief and we send our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by yesterday’s tragic events – near and far.
When we spoke to the Red Cross of Central Alabama who provide service to the several counties (Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Pike, Crenshaw, Bullock, Dallas, Perry, Marengo and Wilcox Counties) this morning, they confirmed at least 10 fatalities in Marengo County alone and are offering damage assessment and trying to meet immediate needs of victims such as food, shelter and mental health support.
The Red Cross also confirmed that Elmore County has at least 25 families that need direct assistance and has 5 confirmed fatalities. They (Red Cross) are instructing victims and volunteers alike to go to the Elmore County High School if possible, as this has been set up as an official Red Cross Service Center providing basic needs and medical/mental health assistance.
If you’d like to help victims of Wednesday’s tornadoes, you’ll have the chance to do so today. When we contacted the American Red Cross of Central Alabama to find out the latest, they expressed they’re greatest need is collecting monetary donations at this point – they are trying to build the funds to purchase what will ultimately be needed to provide aid and relief to disaster victims.
Please consider donating – regardless of denomination – each dollar is maximized by the Red Cross in their efforts to provide relief to victims.
Here’s a few ways to donate now:
- Online donation via The American Red Cross of Central Alabama
- Mail checks to The American Red Cross of Central Alabama at 5015 Woods Crossing, Montgomery – 36106 (Please add “Donation to Alabama Tornadoes” in the memo line)
- Telephone donation by calling the The American Red Cross of Central Alabama at (334) 260-4017
WSFA (NBC) is even partnering with the Red Cross to hold a phone-bank fundraiser today (April 28th) on Alabama Live! from 11am – 1pm, and again from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. WSFA will post the telephone number to dial in and donate directly on the television screen during the above hours.
Interested in volunteering? Contact the Red Cross by going online or by calling (334) 260-3980.
We encourage you to share this post with friends, family, and co-workers – whether they are Alabama residents or not. The need is far too great and far too urgent to go ignored.