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June 19
Tropical Storm Claudette Recovery Efforts 
 
 

Disaster Assistance:

 

Escambia County

If you need help with clean up call 251-867-4091 or 251-314-1442. The East Brewton Court System is taking the information on needs related to storm damage. 

For impacted residents, please go to East Brewton Municipal Court (615 Forrest Ave, East Brewton) to pick up needed items.

Open: Monday - Friday 8am – 5pm

Telephone: 251-867-4091 or 251-314-1442

Tuscaloosa County

If you need help with clean up, make sure you report your storm damage to 2-1-1.

For impacted residents of Tuscaloosa County, please go to Temporary Emergency Services (1705 15th Street, Tuscaloosa) to pick up needed items.

If you cannot come during regular business hours, call 205-758-5535.

Disaster Volunteer Opportunities:

Below is a listing of current volunteer needs.  Please contact the organizations directly if you are interested in volunteering.  Also note that recovery from a disaster often takes a very long time and volunteers will be needed in the weeks, months, and even years ahead.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

VOLUNTEERS:  All help and supplies are greatly appreciated. Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes and bring gloves, tools, and water. Restaurant locations are open, some are drive thru only.

The East Brewton Court System is organizing volunteers. To volunteer: Call 251-867-4091or 251-314-1442         Email: ballardlinda40@yahoo.com 

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY

Volunteer Reception Center: If you are available to volunteer to help clean up or deliver meals/supplies, report to the Volunteer Reception Center at Church of the Highlands (721 Rice Mine Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406) coordinated by Tuscaloosa's One Place. Spanish-speaking volunteers are needed (must be age 19+).

Donate to Relief Efforts:

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

Donation Center:​

East Brewton Municipal Court

615 Forrest Ave, East Brewton, AL 36427

Open: Monday - Friday 8 am – 5pm

Call 251-867-4091 or 251-314-1442 (text available)

Email: ballardlinda40@yahoo.com 

 

Needs:

  • Gift cards

  • Hand-operated can opener

  • Personal care items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, combs, hairbrushes, shampoo, feminine care products, etc.)

  • Household goods: New bedding, towels, washcloths, kitchen items (dishes, pots and pans, etc.)

  • New clothes, underwear, socks, shoes. Used clothing will NOT be accepted 

  • Baby products (Diapers, wipes, etc.)

  • Toys of all ages

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Dish washing liquid

  • Flashlights with batteries

  • Plastic totes/lids

  • School supplies

  • Mosquito Spray

  • Rakes and shovels 

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY

To donate "immediate needs" supplies (hygiene products, food, diapers, household items, etc.,) drop off at Temporary Emergency Services (1705 15th Street, Tuscaloosa).  If you cannot come during regular business hours, call 205-758-5535.

 

To donate long-term, large items like appliances and furniture, call 2-1-1 and leave your name, contact info and what items you have to donate. Once residents return to their homes, volunteers will move the items directly to the home.

OTHER ASSISTANCE:

2-1-1 Connects Alabama

2-1-1 is a free, easy to remember number to dial for information about health and human service organizations in your community. Are you facing difficult times and don’t know where to turn? Are you looking for help with everyday needs? Do you want to volunteer? By dialing 2-1-1, information is much easier to find. Dial 2-1-1 or text or call 1-888-421-1266 from anywhere in Alabama, or visit   http://www.211connectsalabama.org/

If you are an organization providing resources, please call 2-1-1 or call 1-888-421-1266.

Alabama Department of Mental Health

Disaster Response and Recovery Resources

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Disaster Resources

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster  (VOAD) is a coalition of non-profit and faith-based, public and private organizations and agencies that respond to disasters by bringing all available resources together to assist those impacted by disasters. VOADs provide a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration that fosters a more effective delivery of services to disaster affected communities.

Tuscaloosa County VOAD

205-345-6640

Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ALVOAD)

To support those who respond to disasters consider one of the following Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ALVOAD) member agencies:

Adventist Community Services 

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief

Alabama Food Bank Association

Baldwin County VOAD

Calhoun County VOAD

Church of the Highlands

City Action Partnership

Civil Air Patrol Alabama Wing

Coffee County ROCC/VOAD

Compassion Coalition of Tuscaloosa County

Convoy of Hope

Covington County VOAD

Cullman County VOAD

Elmore County VOAD

Etowah County VOAD

Family Guidance Center of Alabama

Good Shepherd UMC

HandsOn River Region

Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response

Jefferson/Shelby County VOAD

Legal Services of Alabama

Madison County VOAD

Marshall County Commission

Mennonite Disaster Service

Mobile County VOAD

Morgan County VOAD

North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church

Operation BBQ Relief

Operation Blessing International

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Reach Out Worldwide

Salvation Army

Samaritan’s Purse

Southeastern Synod

St. Vincent dePaul

The Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Church

Tuscaloosa VOAD

United Way of Baldwin County

United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of East Central Alabama/1st Call for Help

United Way of Madison County

United Way of Northwest Alabama

United Way of Selma & Dallas County

United Way of Southwest Alabama

United Way of West Alabama

United Ways of Alabama

Walker County VOAD

World Renew

Helpful tips for Donating: 
  • Cash is best! –This allows relief organizations to purchase exactly what items are needed to assist in the response and recovery efforts. Funds will also provide direct victim assistance.
  • Confirm the Need Before Collecting – Donors should be wary of anyone who claims that “everything is needed.” Many groups have been disappointed that their efforts and the goods they collected were not appreciated. A community hit by disaster, however, does not have the time, manpower or money to sort and dispose of unneeded donations. Get precise information and confirm the need before collecting any donated goods. 
Helpful tips for Volunteering: 
  • Call 2-1-1 to register to volunteer
  • Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
  • Be safe: Do not self-deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
  • Be patient: Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.