Fultondale Tornado Relief Efforts
 
 

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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.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Tornado Specific Resources

 

 

Disaster Volunteer Opportunities:

Below is a listing of current volunteer needs related to the Fultondale Tornado relief efforts.  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.

Register Online
The United Way of Central Alabama is working with the Jefferson County EMA to determine volunteer needs at this time. If you are interested in volunteering for disaster relief efforts, please register here. You will receive volunteer opportunity updates once the areas have been determined safe for volunteer efforts. Damages are still being assessed at this time. Volunteer Registration - Disaster relief volunteers – general interest

 

Volunteer Reception Center

Open Saturday and Sundays only at this time. More details to come!

 

Donate to relief efforts:

To support relief efforts for the tornado that hit Fultondale, consider donating to the following:

 

Donations can also be made by texting TORNADO to 62644

Donate Goods: 

Donation Warehouse
1615 Old New Castle Road
Fultondale, AL 35068
Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Clothing items are NOT needed at this time.

Items being collected: 

  • Hygiene products

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Diapers & wipes

  • Adult diapers and bed pads

  • Ensure

  • Formula

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Pet food

  • Trash bags

  • Work gloves

  • Gatorade

  • Protein bars

  • Pillows blankets

  • Laundry detergent

  • Garbage bags

  • Plastic totes

  • Socks, multiple sizes

  • Gallon Size Plastic Zip Lock Bags

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Face masks

  • Tooth paste

  • Toothbrushes

  • Deodorant

  • Soap & Shampoo

  • Towels

  • Diapers

  • Baby Wipes

  • Small bags or backpacks

  • Blankets or sleeping bags

  • VISA Gift cards

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.

Jefferson/Shelby County VOAD

VOAD-Voluntary Orgs Active in Disasters | Jefferson County EMA (jeffcoema.org)

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

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.

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