Tornado Relief


B-Metro Storm Update

): Miraculously, some pets that were scattered by the storms are still finding their way back to their owners. Photo by Mike Baird.

5/27/11

by Sam George

THOSE…GENEROUS…YANKEES: Tuscaloosa native and University of Alabama alum David Robertson may be a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees, but that relief usually comes in the form of blisteringly fast strikes. Now, however, he’s delivering relief in another form by creating a foundation with his wife to raise money to help his storm-torn home town, according to a story in The New York Daily News. Robertson’s new foundation is called High Socks For Hope, and though the web-page is just a temporary landing page with basic information right now, apparently in addition to collecting donations, Robertson intends to donate $100 for every strikeout he records this season. He returned home yesterday during a scheduled off-day to survey the damage to his old stomping grounds, and to look for places where money donated to his foundation might best be put to use.

HOMEWARD BOUND: It’s been a whole month since disaster came to visit us, and pets are still miraculously finding their ways back their owners with whatever magical sense of direction nature has imbued them with. A recent story for The Huffington Post chronicled the story of a dog named Mason, who was picked up and tossed from where he was hiding in a garage. Though both of the dogs legs were broken, he managed to crawl back to his owners over the course of two and a half weeks. That must have been a harrowing journey for one of the most faithful companion’s I’ve ever heard of! Mason is now in the care of a veterinarian who offered to take on the dog while his owners recover from their own storm damage.

ASSISTANCE YOU DON’T WANT: Though the government sued last year to have the illegally operating Shoal Creek Valley Assisted Living near Ashville, Al. shut down, it remained operational when it was struck directly by an EF-4 tornado, killing four of the nine residents as well as the owner of the facility, Ronnie Isbell and his daughter-in-law and 7-year-old granddaughter. According to a story by the Associated Press, the lawsuit was delayed when the Judge overseeing the case recused himself. The government suit has been dismissed due to Isbell’s death, but a second suit over the mistreatment of a resident in Isbell’s care remains active against his estate.

B-Metro Storm Update 5/22/11

The Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Plant, pictured here when it first opened in 1974, will return to operation this weekend after closing due to storm damage.

by Sam George

LATEST AND GREATEST: The tornados of April 27, 2011 don’t have to live in our memories yet, the evidence is still all around us. However, they were not the first to sweep through Jefferson County causing death and devastation. Since 1950, four tornadoes have caused large numbers of fatalities in this county, according to a report in The Birmingham News, and all of them bear a remarkable similarity.  Of the four tornadoes on record—1956, 1977, 1998 and 2011—all occurred in April and have followed a very similar path. There is no scientific proof as to why Jefferson County attracts such massive twisters, and scientists differ as to whether land cover and topography or poverty rates and rampant manufactured housing are to blame for the high mortality rates caused by these four storms.

BACK IN BUSINESS: On Friday, the Tennessee valley Authority (TVA), which operates the Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Al, powered up the Unit One reactor for the first time since the plant lost power in the storms three weeks ago. According to Brian Lawson of The Huntsville Times, tornados wrecked TVA transmission towers and power lines, and though the nuclear plant was undamaged, there was no way for it to get power into the grid. The reactors went into immediate shut-down procedures on the loss of power, and generators have been providing power to critical systems. TVA spokesman Ray Golden told Lawson that if Friday’s effort to bring the Unit One reactor online are successful that the TVA would bring the second of three reactors online in the next few days.

AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: Many storm victims have to deal with the additional emotional burden of not knowing what has happened to their beloved animal companions. Many pets died in the storms, and even more were flung or ran terrified from their owners and dwellings in the violent tornadoes and terrible aftermath. One Alabama woman never gave up hope, and her patience has been rewarded. Judy Pugh of Tuscaloosa tried to protect her three cats, according to a story for WFAA out of Dallas / Fort Worth. Two of her cats survived, but Judy spent every day of the next three searching for the third, named Cadie. Who knows where Cadie has been, but after almost a month of fruitless name-calling, she came waltzing back Judy, unharmed. Oh, to have a camera on that cat’s collar!

Returning personal documents/photographs found in debris

There’s a Facebook page now dedicated to the recovery of documents, photos and other debris that people are finding in their yards back to their original owners. Search for “Pictures and Documents found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes” in Facebook or click that link.

More Ways to Help: (scroll to the bottom for information if you need assistance)

Diamonds Direct Foundation Provides Aid to Tornado Victims in Alabama

The Diamonds Direct Foundation announced Sunday that they are donating money and supplies toward relief efforts in Alabama. A portion of all purchases made during the week of Friday April 29 through Friday May 6 will be donated to The Red Cross to support tornado relief efforts in Alabama.

Diamonds Direct Birmingham will serve as a collection point for supplies from Monday May 9 to Saturday May 15. Requested items include nonperishable food items including canned goods, pasta/sauce, coffee/tea, cereal, peanut butter and jelly, sports drinks and powdered milk; baby items including formula, diapers and wipes; hygiene items including shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste and ChapStick; sunscreen; bug spray; tarps; garbage bags; first aid kits; plastic ware; and plastic and latex gloves; Storage Items including large plastic boxes and reusable bags/overnight bags.

Diamonds Direct Birmingham’s showroom is located off highway 280 across from the WholeFoods. Store hours are:   Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information visit www.Diamonds-Direct.com

Blood drives

  • West Oxmoor Donor Center at 396 West Oxmoor Road. Mon. Tue. Thu. 9am-7pm; Wed.9am-5pm; Fri. 7am-4pm; Sat. 8am-3pm; Sun. Noon-6pm
  • Birmingham: Thursday, May 5 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Allstate Insurance 2600 Corporate Drive, Birmingham 35242
  • St. Vincent’s East Donor Center at 50 Medical Park East Drive, 3rd Floor Mon. to Fri. 7am-4pm
  • Brookwood Medical Donor Center 2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive Mon. to Fri. 7am-4pm
  • McCalla: Wednesday, May 4 at the CVS from 1:30-7pm
  • Red Cross in Birmingham: Donate blood from May 2-7 at the UAB North Pavilion, located at the corner of 18th Street South and 6th Ave. Validated parking available in the 5th Ave. Parking Lot. The blood drive will be held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am-5 pm and Tuesday and Friday 7am-2 pm.

Donation opportunities

Bibb County

Donation drop offs:

If anyone has items they want to have delivered to Eoline bring them to Ramada and we will get trucks going that way. If you live in Bibb County and work in Tuscaloosa come by the hotel and pick up a load to take with you going home. If you want to call before you come then call 205-759-4431 or emailjanellcolburn@comcast.net

Blount County

Donation drop offs:

  • Blountsville Baptist church is taking donations for storm victims, if you would like to donate water, non-perishable food items, toiletries, or baby items they will except those. If you need any of those items, please come by and pick up a box.
  • Onenota First Baptist Church will take donations to the front lines for distribution. They are collecting bottled water, sports drinks, snacks, power bars, blankets, Styrofoam coolers, hand sanitizer. Bring donations to 300 3rd Ave East; Oneonta, AL; 35121 (205-353-6425)

Volunteers needed:

Blountsville United Methodist Church is serving hot meals to those in need. They are in need of volunteers, individuals, civic or church groups to volunteer.Contact either of these church offices to set up a time in come in. Blountsville Baptist Church 205-429-2528 or Blountsville United Methodist Church 205-429-2406.

Clean-up:

Anyone who wants to volunteer to help clean up in Blountsville can go to the Blountsville Town Hall to sign up through the Fire Department. They have divided the area into 4 zones and will dispatch people to the areas in need. If you have equipment that can be used in the clean up effort, they ask that you bring it along, but all volunteers are desperately needed.

Chilton County

Donation drop-off:

Clanton: a truck in front of the old Walmart and Firenze in Clanton is a collection point for donations for the tornado victims Monday through Thursday.

Jefferson County

Disaster relief centers

Pleasant Grove: Bethel Baptist Church in Pleasant Grove is an official Red Cross relief center, providing food and shelter and accepting donations and volunteers.  Since the phone lines are down in Pleasant Grove, you may contact Sarge Montgomery at 205.451.8057.

Pratt City: Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on 316 Avenue U in Pratt City is serving as a relief center for the tornado victims. They have supplies including food, clothing, toiletries, water, phones and internet available to those in need. Donations and supplies can be brought there as well.

Pratt City: Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Pratt City set up its command post and relief center at Scott School on Hwy 78. Only accepting water, toiletries and nonperishable items.

Birmingham: Liberty Worship Center 250035th Ave North Birmingham, AL 35207 is open for storm victims to come by and get assistance with food, water, Clothing, shoes, hygeine and other items. Please Contact D Lawson 20-215-0862

Bessemer: Tornado relief center set up at Garywood Assembly of God, where people can pick up food and goods by driving by. The church is located at 2730 Allison Bonnett Memorial in Bessemer.


Volunteers needed:

Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Adamsville on Minor Highway needs volunteers to help out in the donation center. Contact Pegi at the church office by calling 791-5326 to volunteer.

Donation drop-off: Bring items to donate to the storm victims to one of these locations in Jefferson County:

Adamsville: Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Adamsville on Minor Hway is collecting food,  all baby items and all types of toiletries until needs are met. We will also begin to collect rebuilding items (i.e., small appliances, utensils, towels, sheets, etc) and storing them for a later distribution. They are looking for places to take donations, so if you know of a town/city that is in need, contact Jana Brasfield (janabrasfield@gmail.com or 205-529-5276) to let her know.

Bessemer: The Foundry donation sites: Trinity United Methodist Church 1400 Oxmoor Road in Homewood and Hunter Street Baptist Church, 2600 Johns Hawkins Parkway in Hoover. The Foundry is collecting clothing donations as well as non-perishable food items—including bottled water and juices, canned tuna and peanut butter and jelly—to use in the meals being served through the Community Outreach Center and distribution of food boxes. Clothing donations will be accepted beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at trailers located in the parking lots of the churches.

Bessemer: Canaan Church will take donations to the front lines for distribution. They are collecting bottled water, sports drinks, snacks, power bars, blankets, Styrofoam coolers, hand sanitizer. Bring donations to 2543 Morgan Road; Bessemer, AL; 35022 (205-425-4381 or 205-317-5561 {after noon})

Birmingham: The Church at Brook Hills will take donations to the front lines for distribution. They are collecting bottled water, sports drinks, snacks, power bars, blankets, Styrofoam coolers, hand sanitizer. Bring them to the church at 3145 Brook Highland Parkway, Birmingham, AL (205) 313-7777 and see their website www.brookhills.org for info

Birmingham: Advantage Staffing – 3075 John Hawkins Parkway, Birmingham, Al 35244    Phone 205-444-8733. Drop off times 8 am to 12 noon then again from 1 pm to 5 pm Monday –Friday

Birmingham: More Than Conquerors Faith Church is accepting personal care and baby items (no clothes) donations at their Bethesda Family Life Center, Mon., Tues., and Thurs. from 9 am- 7 pm. Donated items may include: deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, soap, baby wipes, bottled water, diapers, underwear, t-shirts, feminine products, flashlights, and batteries. The church is located at 1327 Dennison Avenue Southwest Birmingham, AL 35211-3882. Contact: (205) 322-2644 and www.mtcfc.org

Birmingham: We are still accepting donations at Liberty Worship Center 2500 35th Ave N Birmingham, AL 35207. Contact D Lawson 205-215-0862. We are in need of Baby items, Hygeine items, and Food Items.

Birmingham: Community Food Bank of Central Alabama collecting bottled water at 107 Walter Davis Drive.

Birmingham: the Birmingham City Council is asking people to bring the following items to Boutwell Auditorium: bottled water, diapers, feminine products, Gatorade, prepackaged crackers/chips/snacks. A Red Cross or Council staff member will take the donations at Boutwell so you don’t have to get out of your car. The Salvation Army says they are no longer in need of clothing, but

Birmingham: Miles College is collecting donated clothing and supplies. Contact the student government president Ashley at 205-936-5867.

Birmingham: The Birmingham Barons are collecting food and water donations from Friday, April 29-Monday, May 2. Anyone who brings a case of bottled water or six non-perishable canned food items to Regions Park will be allowed into the game free of charge. Call (205) 988-3200 or visitbarons.comfacebook.com/birminghambarons and Twitter @BhamBarons for more info.

Birmingham: Disaster Relief Drop Off Point at the East Birmingham Church of God in Christ. We will be onsite on Saturday 10AM to 5PM and Sunday from 8AM to 3PM to receive items.We will also be operating onsite Monday – Friday 8AM to 6PM going forward. Contact: November Wren @ 205-612-7216 or Rozlan Luck @ 434-548-4919

Birmingham: South Park Baptist Church in West End. 2341 Pearson Avenue Southwest. 9-5 everyday.

Birmingham: Home Instead Senior Care in Birmingham is accepting donations specifically for seniors who are victims of the tornado. For more info: http://homeinsteadbirmingham.blogspot.com

Concord: Sam’s Hot Dog’s on the corner of Warrior Rd. and Rock Creek Rd is a drop-off location for donations. They need Gatorade, styrofoam coolers, diapers of all sizes, socks for everyone, men’s underwear, women’s panties, baby clothes and hygiene items

Dora: Snowtown church will take donations to the front lines for distribution. They are collecting bottled water, sports drinks, snacks, power bars, blankets, Styrofoam coolers, hand sanitizer. Bring donations to the church at 6000 Flat Top Road; Dora, AL; 35062 (205-436-3305).

Ensley: McAlpine Recreation Center is open as a drop-off point for supplies and donations to help storm survivors. The address is 1115 Avenue F in Ensley. This site will be used to replenish Scott School as necessary.

Gardendale: Accepting donations at South Campus Gardendale First Baptist Church at 940 Main Street.

Hoover: Academy Sports + Outdoors collecting nonperishable food, bottled water, cots, sleeping bags, flashlights, batteries, camping items, small camping grills and utensils, diapers and baby formula. Everything must be unused. Collection trucks will be in the Academy parking lot from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

Hueytown: North Highlands Baptist Church will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday accepting donations for storm victims. Anyone in need is encouraged to come by for help as well. Items they are asking for include: sunscreen, work gloves, work boots, ziploc bags, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, garbage bags. You can call Gina @ 229-6325 for information. Volunteers are also needed to help sort items as they’re brought in

Hueytown: Taylor Bug’s Kids Boutique & Consignment is a drop off location for the Red Cross. Come by to donate water, diapers, formula, wrapped snacks, coffee. Tues-Fri 10-6p, Saturday 10-2p. Call 205-491-2849& deliver them if necessary.

Mount Olive: North Jefferson Association will take donations to the front lines for distribution. They are collecting bottled water, sports drinks, snacks, power bars, blankets, Styrofoam coolers, hand sanitizer. Bring donations to 3396 Mt Olive Road; Mt Olive, AL; 35117. Contact: (205-631-4126)

Mulga area: Westmont Baptist church is taking donations to the residents affected by the storm, especially those in McDonalds Chapel. Bring them to the church at 2963 Mulga Loop Road.

Pinson: Pinson Valley Youth Association is collecting donations. Take them to the ballpark on Faucett Cut Off in Pinson.

Pratt City: True Worshippers Christian Church will collect donations on Saturday, May 7 from noon-3 p.m. The church is located at 645 Pratt Highway Birmingham, AL 35214 on the corner of Sheridan Road and Pratt Highway.

Pratt City: Bring donated garbage bags to  Scott School on Cherry Avenue near Highway 78.  The Birmingham Mayor’s office  is collecting items for Pratt City at Boutwell Auditorium or Scott School. They need trash bags, laundry baskets, soap and other personal hygiene items.

Remlap: Pleasant Mount Church will take donations to the front lines for distribution. They are collecting bottled water, sports drinks, snacks, power bars, blankets, Styrofoam coolers, hand sanitizer. Bring donations to 250 Pine Mtn Circle; Remlap, AL; 35133 (205-527-1186)

Riverchase: Students at Riverchase Middle School will collect baby items for tornado survivors, including diapers, formula and bottles at their school over the next two weeks. The Salvation Army will be picking them up periodically. The school is located at 853 Willow Oak Driver in Birmingham.

Roebuck: The Missionary Society of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Zion City has a collection site for water and toiletries for the storm victims. The address is 221 Roebuck Drive Birmingham AL 35215.  We will collect these items on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. They will be taken to one of the main collection sites. For more information please contact Patricia Warren at (205) 914-2883.

Roebuck: 524 Red Lane Rd, Suite B is a donation drop-off spot for Coosa Pines Federal Credit Union. They are asking for donations of blankets, laundry supplies, toiletries, feminine products, diapers and wipes, baby food, bandages, first-aid items, socks, bottled water, nonperishable food, juice boxes, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper.

Trussville: First Baptist Church of Trussville is a drop off location for disaster relief supplies, receiving Monday-Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  We are located at 128 Chalkville Road in downtown Trussville.  For more info and a list of suggested items, visit www.fbctrussville.org or call the church at 205-228-1004.

Trussville: Serra Mazda collecting Bottled water, toiletry items, clothing, etc.

Trussville: Northpark Baptist; 5700 Deerfoot Parkway; Trussville, AL 35173 (205-908-7985) will take donations to the front lines for distribution. They are collecting bottled water, sports drinks, snacks, power bars, blankets, Styrofoam coolers, hand sanitizer

Shelby County

Donation drop off:

Chelsea: the Winn Dixie Shopping Center is a donation drop-off spot for Coosa Pines Federal Credit Union. They are asking for donations of blankets, laundry supplies, toiletries, feminine products, diapers and wipes, baby food, bandages, first-aid items, socks, bottled water, nonperishable food, juice boxes, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper. Located at Ste 190 Chealsea Cnrs.

Columbiana: First Baptist Church of Columbiana, 208 N Main St., is collecting personal hygiene items May 2-7.

Helena: the Presbyterian Church on Hwy 261 will serve as a donation drop-off point every day this week until dark. They specifically request donations of: sanitary items, new underwear, cleaning supplies, batteries, flashlights, baskets and tubs, charcoal, ice, water and food.

Inverness: Fairfield Inn in Inverness will serve as a donation drop-off site for the Highway 280 area beginning on Wednesday, May 4. The hotel will be collecting canned goods, water, as well as toiletries and hygiene products, as well as financial donations from 7am to 7pm daily.  The hotel is located at 707 Key Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242. Contact number: (205) 991-1055.

Pelham: Pelham Big Lots on 31 will have a donation drive out in front of the store this Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday 10-5. Please bring non-perishables such as baby items, water and toiletries. One of our stores was hit by the storm. We will be helping local areas.

Pelham: Several locations around Pelham will accept donations for tornado victims through the Salvation Army:

  • Pelham City Hall–3162 Pelham Parkway,
  • Pelham Police Department-32 Philip Davis Street
  • Pelham Fire Station 1-Located behind City Hall
  • Pelham Civic Complex–500 Amphitheater Road
  • Pelham Racquet Club–100 Racquet Club Parkway
  • Ballantrae Golf Club–1300 Ballantrae Club Drive

See a list of requested items to donate here.

Pelham First Baptist Church will take donations to the front lines for distribution. They are collecting bottled water, sports drinks, snacks, power bars, blankets, Styrofoam coolers, hand sanitizer. Bring donations to 2867 Pelham Parkway; Pelham, AL; 35124 (205-664-0237).

Riverchase: Students at Riverchase Middle School will collect baby items for tornado survivors, including diapers, formula and bottles at their school over the next two weeks. The Salvation Army will be picking them up periodically. The school is located at 853 Willow Oak Driver in Birmingham.

Pets

Greater Birmingham Humane Society: If you staying in a Red Cross shelter, they will contact GBHS to coordinate temporary boarding of your pet. If you would like to stay with your pet, visitwww.petswelcome.com for a list of pet friendly hotels in the area.

If you are missing your pet or have found one, use the lost and found tool on the GBHS website, visit:http://www.gbhs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=LF_Lost_Dogs

Facebook page for lost and found animals from the Alabama tornadoes: “Animals Lost & Found from the Tornadoes in Alabama on 4/27/11”

What to do with injured wildlife:

If you find an injured bird in your yard among the storm debris, call the Alabama Wildlife Center’s Wildlife Help Line at (205) 663-7930, extension 2 and leave a brief message that includes name and telephone number with area code. A trained specialist monitors the line from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. every day, and returns calls within the hour to give advice on what to do next.

If injured or orphaned mammals (squirrels, deer, raccoons, etc.) or reptiles and amphibians (snakes, lizards, frogs, etc.) are found, contact the Wild Mammal Care of Alabama at (205) 871-7803 or  Alabama Reptile Rescue Sanctuary at (205) 253-1283.

If you or someone you know needs assistance

Places to stay:

Mount Olive: A tree service company in Mount Olive is opening up their 72 acres of land to campers, etc. for folks needing a temporary place to stay after the storms. They aren’t providing the campers, but are opening up their land for folks. Address: 4989 Mount Olive Rd. Mount Olive, AL 35071. Contact: Ashley Barnett 205-631-4307

First Aid/Health Resources

Pleasant Grove: The Baptist Health System’s free first aid station is open this week from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The station is located at 615 Pleasant Grove Road, Pleasant Grove, AL 35127, next to Pleasant Grove Drugs. The clinic is staffed with nurses and physicians who will be able to treat minor injures such as cuts, bruises, scrapes, giving tetanus shots, and suturing cuts. Individuals seeking first aid should simply show up at the clinic. Call 205-715-5535 for more info.

Concord: Baptist Health System has set up a free tetanus shot tent at the corner of Warrior River Road and Rock Creek Road in Concord, next to the BP. Nurses will be present from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Shelter locations

CULLMAN COUNTY

  • Cullman Civic Center at 510 5th St. SW in Cullman, AL 35055
  • Hanceville Recreation and Wellness Center at 920 Commercial St. in Hanceville, AL 35077
  • Ryan School at 11001 Highway 67 S. in Joppa, AL 35087

JEFFERSON COUNTY

  • Boutwell Auditorium at 1931 8th Ave. N. at Birmingham, AL 35203

Update: The American Red Cross will be closing the Boutwell Auditorium shelter on Wednesday, May 11th at 12 p.m.  Clients still residing in the shelter will be moving to Faith Chapel Christian Center, 100 Lexington Street, in Birmingham.  Faith Chapel Christian Center is a valued partner of the American Red Cross, and has facilities that will adequately accommodate our remaining shelter residents as they transition into more permanent housing. Transportation will be available through Faith Chapel for shelter residents relocating to Faith Chapel.

  • Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church at 1348 Hueytown Road in Bessemer, AL 35203
  • Dora First Baptist Church at 1440 Sharon Blvd. in Dora, AL 35062

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers:

FEMA says it now has 11 centers open across Alabama to assist people with recovery. If you need assistance, you can visit one of these locations:

  • 1701 Second Ave. Southwest in Cullman
  • Russellville Parks and Recreation Center
  • 951 26th St. East in Tuscaloosa
  • Coaling Town Hall
  • Tom Bevill Center in Rainsville
  • Union Hill Baptist Church in Bessemer
  • National Guard Armory in Warrior
  • old Ashley Furniture Store in Fultondale
  • National Guard Armory in Linden
  • Cordova High School
  • Geiger Town Hall

You can also get information at www.disasterassistance.gov

Free food/clothing/supplies for those in need

Bessemer: The Foundry will provide weekday meals Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. in its Community Outreach Center located at 608 18th Street. The Foundry will also distribute non-perishable food items to families who can’t come to the center. The Foundry is also fulfilling vouchers provided by the Bessemer Red Cross for free clothing.  Those in need can exchange the voucher for shoes, jeans, jackets, work gloves and other items at The Foundry’s SuperThrift Outlet at 727 Ninth Avenue North.

Bessemer: Tornado relief center set up at Garywood Assembly of God, where people can pick up food and goods by driving by. The church is located at 2730 Allison Bonnett Memorial in Bessemer.

Tarrant: Those misplaced by the storm with proper ID can receive a free meal at Tastee Kitchen at 1324 Pinson Valley Pkwy. Contact Chef EL at 205-841-2223 or 205-370-3434

Hueytown: North Highlands Baptist Church, 4851 15th Street Rd, Hueytown, 491-7921, has PLENTY of clothes, shoes, baby items, toys, etc. for all genders and ages. IF YOU NEED ANYTHING AT ALL, PLEASE COME BY! If you can’t come by, call Gina & let her know what you need and we can deliver it to people in the Concord/Pleasant Grove area.

Hueytown: Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church has plenty of supplies for anyone who needs it. They have water, food, clothes, underwear and flashlights.

Mulga: Westmont Baptist church will be serving lunch daily from 11-3 in our gym. Also we will be passing lunches out along with Katherwood Baptist in the area hit at 11:30.  We also have a place where any resident could take a hot shower. The church is located at 2963 Mulga Loop Road.

Warrior, AL: Rock Creek Church of Christ located in Warrior, AL at Exit 287 off of I65 is providing dinner all week for anyone in need.  We will begin serving around 5:00 p.m. each day.

Other free services:

Mini Storage of Birmingham is offering three months of free storage for storm victims. They are located at 2626 1st Avenue South. Birmingham 35233. Contact Buddy Dillenberg at 205-251-7867 before coming. Must sign lease.

Pratt City: AT&T has set up a satellite truck at Scott School that now has access to the internet via wi-fi and working phone lines.

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