The University of Alabama School of Library and Information studies has published a comprehensive web page of links to support services.
URGENT NEED FOR MONEY!
Where do your cherished dollars go? More than 1,500 people spent the night in a Red Cross shelter Thursday night. In hard-hit Alabama, 12 Red Cross shelters are open across the state. Red Cross disaster workers, relief supplies, blood products and equipment have been sent into Alabama, along with more than 50 emergency response vehicles and 25,000 ready-to-eat meals. Red Cross nurses and mental health workers have also been deployed to help people cope with the aftermath of this disaster.
Please do your part in donating and spreading the word to assist the Birmingham Red Cross raise funds to support the clean up and caretaking of those in need in the aftermath of the horrific devastation in the Birmingham / Tuscaloosa area. You can also text #90999 for a $10.00 donation.
Update: Regions Bank (NYSE:RF) has contributed $1 million to help those affected by the devastating outbreak of tornadoes that struck Alabama and other Southern states on April 27. In addition, donations for the American Red Cross’ Tornado Disaster Relief Fund will be accepted from the general public at all Regions Bank branches in the 16 states the company serves. Contact Regions Bank at 1-800-734-4667
- American Red Cross - You can text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 general donation. You can also contribute to the American Red Cross Relief Fund either by calling 1-800-HELPNOW, visiting http://www.causes.com/causes/608753 or http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main&s_src=RSG00100E013&s_subsrc=ONR_MainDonateButton, or by sending money to: American Red Cross of West Alabama, 1100 15th St. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404. Be sure to specify that you want your donation to go to the Tuscaloosa tornado victims.
- Governor's Relief Fund - The governor of Alabama has also set up a relief fund: Governor's Tornado Relief Fund, Neighbor Helping Neighbor Inc., The Tuscaloosa News, P.O. Box 20187, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 35402-0187
- Convoy of Hope - is a faith-based organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children's feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. http://www.convoyofhope.org/go/how/donate
- Salvation Army - To donate to The Salvation Army's relief work please call 1800-SALARMY or log onto www.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also text "GIVE" to 80888 to make a $10 general donation. Checks can be made out to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, Ga., 30384-0339.
Supplies: Additional information on supplies will be provided in the coming days. Please avoid sending unsolicited donations of supplies directly to sites in Tuscaloosa.
- UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) has a list of items used in health kits, available at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/health-kit/. You can gather these basic supplies and take the finished kits to a Methodist church and they will have systems to getting those to the disaster areas. Additional types of kits are also needed, such as bedding kits for displaced people and and bulk materials. Information on this option is available at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/. Kits can also be shipped to: UMCOR West Office and Depot, Reverend Brian Diggs, Director, 1479 South 700 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1605.
- Alabama School Library Association (ASLA) - The ASLA will be coordinating donations of books and supplies for school libraries in the coming weeks and months. You can learn more at http://www.alasla.org.
- Alabama Food Bank - http://www.alfoodbanks.org/ and http://www.westalabamafoodbank.org/. Text "FOOD" to 27722 to donate $10 to the West Alabama/Tuscaloosa Area Food bank. Paypal is also available.
- Andalusia, AL - Piggly Wiggly, Hollie's Bakery, and Huggins Sod Farm, in conjunction with the American Red Cross and WAAO will accept donations of food items, clothes, and supplies by filling the tractor trailers at Piggly Wiggly, 13759 Brooklyn Road, Andalusia, AL. Call 334-222-8698 for more information.
- Montgomery, AL - Hotline for donations at 334-420-0212, organized by http://www.WSFA.com.
- Hoover, AL - Donations of tarps, non-perishable food, clothes, baby supplies. Bring to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 611 Riverchase Parkway West, on the 31 two lights south of the Galleria.
- Demopolis, AL - Eaves Construction will have a tractor trailer for clothing, non-perishable food items, etc.
- Calera, AL - Concord Baptist Church (11215 Highway 22) is accepting bottled water, canned food, and clothing. Please bring donations between 3pm and 9pm at the Student Center. Donations before 3pm should be brought to the church office.
- Birmingham, AL - Church of the Highlands, Grants Mill Campus, South Parking lot. 5901 Overton Road between 9:00am and 8:00pm.
- Troy, AL - Terracotta, 351 Montgomery Street, is accepting canned food, bottled water, blankets, clothes, diapers, baby supplies, and other non-perishable supplies. Monetary donations are also accepted. Call 334-566-9393.
- Auburn, AL - Fire Station on Ross St.
- Convoy of Hope - Lamont spoke with Jeff Nene, public relations officer, at noon Thursday. Convoy of Hope's mobile command center is already enroute to Alabama; tractor trailers with food and water are on their way. Once COH has assessed needs, they will determine what further supplies to send. Currently, local churches in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham have offered to 'house' operations. COH will be working in conjunction with county, state, and federal emergency management organizations to set up distribution centers to insure areas of need are not overlooked. COH can provide both point of distribution and mobile distribution. Personal note: COH, if not the first, was one of first organizations to arrive in Picayune, Mississippi, (my hometown) following Hurricane Katrina. It's comforting to know they are heading to Alabama.
- Prattville, AL - Hope for the Forgotten Ministry/Women of Worth accepting donations at the Destiny Christian Center, Instyle Hair Studio, and ReThreads.
- Donate blood at any Red Cross site near you. Visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/our-regions and type in your zip code to find the closest center.
TBD. If you are close to the Tuscaloosa area and want to volunteer, please stand by. People are being discouraged from entering the area right now, but your assistance will be needed in the very near future. It is best to volunteer as a part of an organized effort rather than as an individual; more information will be provided.
- St. Mathias Church, sign up beginning at noon on 4/28, 1230 Skyland Blvd. via route I-359.
- Tuscaloosa area volunteers may call Nancy Green at 205-561-4169 for information on how to help.
- Birmingham city council member Johnathan Austin says to volunteer, call the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency at 205-254-2039.
- Hands On Birmingham is coordinating volunteer efforts. To register, visit http://www.handsonbirmingham.org/specialevents/viewSpecialEvent.php?_mode=eventDetail&_action=eventDetail&ixSpecialEvent=419
- Toomers for Tuscaloosa - Information pending at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toomers-for-Tuscaloosa/127019264041188
- Host a fundraiser in your own community.
- Ask friends, neighbors, and local stores for donations of needed supplies.
- If you are nearby, consider volunteering for cleanup and service work. Many organizations, such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army, train people and facilitate volunteer efforts in communities experiencing natural disaster. Contact your local center for additional information.
- Organize a community-wide relief day in your town. Ask that local businesses dedicate a percentage of proceeds from the day to tornado relief in Tuscaloosa.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a number of available resource links. Its main page is: http://www.fema.gov/. For information specific to the Alabama storms and tornado: http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=14192 (Note: This page includes links to the Alabama Office of the Governor and Alabama Emergency Management.)
- To check or update the status of a friend, professor, or colleague in the SLIS program, visit:https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Aqb74RLLufsbdHBTYjZUbkhDT0RYMnBIUllWTklQMVE&hl=en
- The Red Cross maintains a Safe and Well database (https://safeandwell.communityos.org/zf/safesearch/search) as "a way for people affected by a disaster to enter information regarding their welfare so family and friends can check their status. Because people self-register, the Red Cross cannot verify the information and is not responsible for any inaccuracies."
- UA's Emergency Call Center: 348-1001 or 877-408-1001
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dealnews Will Match Up to $250,000 for Tornado Relief ($500k total)
As you probably know, a devastating and deadly sweep of powerful storms and tornadoes ripped through Southern U.S. states yesterday. Over 200 are dead, reports CNN, with over 130 dead in Alabama. Hundreds of thousands are affected.
What you may not know is that the dealnews company headquarters is in Huntsville, AL, one of the areas hit by tornados. At the time I write this, we've not yet heard from all of our team in the area. More than one million people are without power, including all of our Huntsville team. Our hearts and prayers go out to our fellow employees, our families, friends, co-workers, and loved ones affected by the storms and tornadoes. We hope and pray for their safety and well-being.
While we're doing everything we can for our team, the American Red Cross is working to serve the hundreds of thousands of other people who are affected. That's why I'm asking you to donate to the Red Cross' Disaster Relief Fund. I know the good folks at the Madison/Marshall County Chapter of the Red Cross well, and I know they're incredibly busy right now. They're committed to helping people when their need is greatest. I'm personally imploring you to help them and their brothers and sisters at Red Cross chapters throughout the Southeast do their vital work.
For every dollar you donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, dealnews will match 100 percent, up to $250,000. Please help us spread the word by sharing this message via email, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever way you see fit. Our goal is to raise a total of $500,000: $250,000 from our wonderful readers and $250,000 from us.
Here’s how it works:
- Make a donation online at American Red Cross.
- Keep your confirmation email and forward it to email@example.com. (As always, dealnews respects and protects your privacy.)
- We’ll match 100 percent of your donation until we hit our $250,000 limit.
- Help us spread the news via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Please note that we’re only matching donations from today, April 28, 2011, until May 12, 2011, to the American Red Cross. If you’ve made a previous donation to ARC, or prefer to donate to a different organization, I applaud you. But our matching donation is an attempt to encourage those who haven’t made a donation yet, or to encourage those who've already given to "double their money" if they give more.
We've done disaster relief fundraisers from time to time, but this is the first time that we've done one for a disaster that hit our own backyard. If we've ever helped you save money, I'm asking a favor from you: please give a little bit of it back. On behalf of everyone here at dealnews, I sincerely thank you for your contribution.
Dan de Grandpre
CEO, dealnews.com, Inc.