How United Way+ Red Cross are helping tornado victims in Alabama after storms on Jan. 12

Many homes were destroyed by the tornadoes. (Alexander City Fire Department / Facebook)

On Thursday, January 12, severe storms and tornadoes tore through Alabama, hitting over ten counties out of the 67 in the state. Read on to learn about the United Way of Central Alabama and the American Red Cross’ efforts to aid tornado victims in Selma.

Donate to United Way of Central Alabama’s disaster relief efforts

Sadly, many cars were damaged by fallen trees and limbs. (Alexander City Fire Department / Facebook)

With the damage still being assessed and emergency response teams on the ground, there will be many days of rescue and recovery ahead. If you’re looking to help Selma citizens find help during this difficult time, the United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) has a way you can lend a helping hand.

In partnership with United Way of Selma in Dallas County, United Way launched a donation site to help victims of the tornado in Selma. To donate to disaster relief efforts, visit Selma Tornado Relief on the United Way of Central Alabama’s website or text SELMA to 62644.

What is the Red Cross doing to help?

The American Red Cross of Alabama & Mississippi is helping our neighbors recover from the damages in Selma. Here’s how:

  • Shelter at Selma High School: A place to stay + get a meal and emergency supplies.
  • Damage assessments: Call 1-800-Red Cross or contact your local emergency management agency to schedule a damage assessment.
  • Volunteer: Check out the Red Cross website for volunteer and donation opportunities.

“It’s amazing how people come together during these times in Alabama. Be mindful of the community that’s hurting and what they need right now, before people decide to just self deploy or send supplies, please check in with their local EMA check in and with United Way to see what these communities need right now.”

Annette Rowland, Regional Director of Communications, American Red Cross of Alabama & Mississippi

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