How to support disaster relief in Alabama after January storms

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This week, a series of heavy storms—including at least two tornadoes—left damage and debris in parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. Thankfully no fatalities have been reported due to the storm, although there have been several accounts of minor injuries. However, several dozen homes, buildings and vehicles were damaged near Montgomery. Keep reading to learn more and find out how you can help the relief efforts.

Tornado damages East Montgomery

In the early hours of Wednesday, January 4th, severe storms—including two tornadoes—hit an area of Alabama east of Montgomery. According to the Montgomery County Emergency Management Director, the storm took out power lines and trees, overturned several vehicles and damaged between 30 and 40 buildings in the following areas.

  • Gloucester Mews
  • Eastwood Glen
  • Berryhill
  • Halcyon Blvd

The National Weather Service is sending teams to nine areas across central and south Alabama to assess the damage from the storms. Those areas are:

  • Montgomery County
  • Chilton County
  • Coosa County
  • Hale County
  • Marengo County
  • Perry County
  • 2 parts of Autauga County
  • Macon County

The Emergency Management Agency is asking people to refrain from sightseeing the damage in the areas affected by the storms.

How you can assist with disaster relief

If your neck of the woods was affected by yesterday’s storm, the weather service offices across Alabama are seeking reports of storm damage, flooding or rain totals.

Although most of the large power outages due to the storm have been restored, there are still some areas of Alabama without power. Outages should be reported to 1-800-619-5460.

The American Red Cross is sending teams to assess damage and will be providing relief to victims of the storms. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to get help or to make donations.

Know another way to support recovery from the storms? Tag us @thebamabuzz on Facebook or Instagram to let us know!

Nathan Watson
Nathan Watson

Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.

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