West Alabama Tornado Assistance and Information

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, May 2, 2011 – Please find below the information updated on Sunday, May 1 which needs to be distributed to tornado victims and their families in West Alabama.  United Way of West Alabama will be open Monday, May 2 – Thursday, May 5 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday, May 6 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Tuscaloosa County Spontaneous Volunteer Management Team will host the Volunteer Reception Center at St. Mathias Episcopal Church at 2310 Skyland Boulevard East in Tuscaloosa from Monday, May 2 – Friday, May 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  ALL individuals wishing to volunteer should report here to sign up and find out about volunteer needs available, and some volunteers will be placed immediately.  Depending on your skill set, your information may be taken, and you could be contacted once a volunteer need becomes available.

Tax deductible donations can be made to United Way of West Alabama from now through August 31 with 100% of donated money going directly to West Alabama tornado relief efforts by visiting  www.uwwa.org/donatenow.html.  You can also give to American Red Cross and or The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa.  To give to students enrolled at the three Tuscaloosa area schools demolished in the storms, go to helptuscaloosaschools.com.

Items needed:  Ready to eat and non-perishable food items, tarps for covering roofs, clothing (especially underwear, socks, and new or VERY gently worn tennis shoes); newborn and baby items including diapers, formula, diaper cream, and baby powder and wipes; clothes hangers, school supplies, sunscreen, wipes, soap, towels, washcloths, hand sanitizer, flash lights, deodorant, and detergent. Donations are being accepted at the following:  United Way of West Alabama (2720 6th Street/Tuscaloosa); Temporary Emergency Services (1705 15th Street); Boy Scouts Black Warrior Council (2700 Jack Warner Pkwy.); Leland Shopping Center (2601 University Blvd.).  United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama on Rice Mine Road is accepting donations of non-perishable items.

Donations for pets:  T-Town PAWS, Metro and the Humane Society need pet supplies which can be dropped off at United Way of West Alabama.

If you or someone you know is disabled and affected by the tornado, please contact Beth Blaylock at205.292.3167.

Contact 1.800.621.3362 to register with FEMA if you suffered storm damage.

Contact 2-1-1, United Way’s Information & Referral Service, for information on low cost housing options in West Alabama.  ClassiTIDES.com is publishing daily lists of low cost housing, and they will provide updated books at retail establishments and to United Way of West Alabama each Thursday.  People who have lost homes can call 1-800-621-3362 to report the loss.

Shelters available:  Belk Activity Center has availability; Temporary Emergency Services has a shower available; G.G. Harden Center in Brookwood has restrooms to freshen up, no showers.  The House of Benjamin is a ten bed Veterans Transition Home for dually diagnosed veterans, and it has ten beds now ready to serve veterans.  Please contact Dr. Earl C. Jones, Ph.D., LPC, SAP, at 334-671-2231 or 334-596-1412.

Food/Water stations for victims (not volunteers) are located at Leland Shopping Center, Locklear Dodge off Greensboro, Fire College at Bruno’s Supermarket, Skyland Elementary.  American Red Cross is at Belk Activity Center and can provide assistance with food and shelter but victims not required to stay there to receive food; Forest Lake Baptist Relief Center providing meals for volunteers; Portable kitchen set up at Rosedale; Impact Nation Church in Alberta (formerly New Testament) is providing clothing, water, flashlights and other items.

Meals Available May 2 through May 6
*Leland Shopping Center in Alberta City is hosting Pizza Hut April 30 through May 3 who will be making personal pizzas for those affected by the tornado.
*Other food is also available at Leland Shopping Center.

*Tuscaloosa’s One Place in Alberta City is offering hot meals and other supplies.

*PARA is coordinating with those who already have mobile food kitchens to make sure they get the food to the people who need it most.  Call Becky at PARA if you have any questions at 205-562-3220 xt. 35.
*Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Team Members will operate an industrial grill in Alberta City in the parking lot of Your Way Furniture (930 26th Ave East) beginning with lunch on Tuesday, May 3.  Meals will be served to affected residents  and the grill will be stationed indefinitely as long as there is a need.

Beginning Tuesday, May 3 through Thursday, May 12th from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. at University Mall, the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry program will bring its free laundry services to Tuscaloosa to provide clean clothes to those affected by the recent tornadoes. Working with the American Red Cross, the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry program will be providing free laundry services to relief workers and residents of Alabama who are in need of resources and support following the damage caused by the recent area tornados.  These residents and workers are encouraged to drop off their laundry to be washed, dried and folded, free of charge. No bedding, jackets, or other large pieces will be accepted.  Also, people across the country can help support Tide Loads of Hope by purchasing a Tide Loads of Hope vintage tee by visitingwww.tideloadsofhope.com. All of the profits from the tees go to help families affected by natural disaster.


Duracell is joining forces with Tide Loads of Hope to provide much needed power to those impacted by the recent tornado devastation with its Power Relief Trailer at University Mall Tuesday, May 3 through Thursday, May 12th from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Deployed for the first time, Duracell’s Power Relief Trailer allows community members the ability to reconnect with their loved ones through recharging stations for their mobile devices, distribution of key Duracell products including at-home safety kits, and information on how to get assistance in the area.  Satellite phones, a computer kiosk station and Wi-Fi will also be available to help in recovery efforts.


If you have a child in a Tuscaloosa County School, you can go to your child’s school between now and the end of the school year during normal school hours to use the computer lab for checking email, paying online bills, connecting with friends and loved ones on Facebook, etc.

Survivors need to check in with Tuscaloosa Police Department at 205-759-7111.  Searching for Missing Persons – check hospitals first (DCH Tuscaloosa 205-759-7111 or DCH Northport 205-333-4500205-349-2121 (non-emergency number for Tuscaloosa Police).  Also, search safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

Trinity Presbyterian on Rice Mine Road in Tuscaloosa is providing free childcare Tuesday, May 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to tornado survivors. Free transportation is provided.  Contact the church for more information at 205-391-2111.

Local contractors who are willing to provide free debris removal should contact 205-248-5800.  Also, Samaritan’s Purse is doing free debris removal and putting tarps on people’s homes. This is being coordinated at First Baptist Church and services are all free. The contact number is 205-345-7554.

The University of Alabama School of Law will be providing free legal services to victims of the tornado beginning early next week.  Services will include help filling out FEMA paperwork as well as answering legal questions.


Some local doctors have set up mobile clinics in Alberta City, Rosedale, and Holt to do clinic work like take blood pressure, blood sugar levels, etc. but not for EMS.  Tornado survivors with mental health needs can call the Belk Activity Center at 205-562-3200.  Those needing a medical needs shelter can call 205-331-1770 for guidelines and screening.

Disaster victims with diabetes can call the American Diabetes Association at 1-888-DIABETES or 205-870-5172.  They will have command centers in Tuscaloosa where supplies can be disbursed to patients.

Temporary Emergency Counseling Services, a coordinated effort of the University of Alabama mental health professionals, will be available to provide crisis counseling and mental health services to those affected by the recent tornado.  These services are provided by volunteers at no charge on May 2 from noon – 6 p.m.; May 3 – 6 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; May 9 – 13 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Number to call for information:  348-7960.  Volunteers will answer and refer calls to the appropriate location.  Mental Health Services provided at the following locations for state employees and members of the Tuscaloosa community: Bryce Hospital, Adolescent Unit; Temporary Emergency Services (1705 15th Street). Services provided at the following locations for University of Alabama Faculty and Staff and their dependents:  University Medical Center (850 5th Ave East, corner of 5th & Univ.  Blvd.); Faculty Staff Clinic; The Betty Shirley Clinic; The Psychology Clinic (located at the McMillan Building off Hackberry Lane, building #1401, University of Alabama; Counselor Education, 3rd floor Graves Hall, Room 318.  Services are provided by mental health faculty and students from the College of Community Health Sciences, the School of Social Work,  the Capstone College of Nursing, and the College of Education.  UA Students will continue to be seen by:  Counseling Center and Student Health Center.


Call 1-800-REDCROSS for disaster victims to notify Red Cross as to what their needs are.  They will send out hotshot crews to see you. Services could include health and mental health to food and other services needed.

SPANISH SPEAKING ASSISTANCE:Spanish speaking residents needing help should call 770-216-4989.


DCH in Northport is doing a blood drive tomorrow (Tuesday) from 11-4 bring you r id

Northridge Fitness is doing a blood drive Monday – Thursday from 10-4

While offers of help are greatly appreciated from all who have reached out to the West Alabama community, local law enforcement is asking for individuals from outside West Alabama to not come to the area for approximately 72 hours due to road conditions.  For more information, please contact the City of Tuscaloosa’s volunteer line at 205-248-5045.  Please contact 2-1-1 if you have non-monetary donations for West Alabama for instructions on getting these donations to the area.  Also, monetary donations are greatly appreciated atwww.uwwa.org/donatenow.html.

For more information about the ways to give and get help, call 2-1-1, United Way’s Information & Referral line, or visitwww.uwwa.org.

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