Among the chaos and destruction of the storms, hundreds of first responders and volunteers work tirelessly to clear the scene. Throughout the night and into today, crews worked to remove debris and to help anyone affected by the storm. Volunteers helped to move debris and distribute water and food to those who needed it.
Enough people volunteered to help out today that the Calhoun County EMA tweeted out that they had plenty. The EMA is currently not taking in any more volunteers at the Volunteer Reception Center. The EMA says the reception center is closed for the next two days so crews have enough space to safely restore power to the area.
There are other ways to help the victims of the storms. Donations of supplies can be given at Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church, WordAlive in Oxford, and at Oxford Fire Station One. Monetary donations can be made to the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama in Anniston. The foundation has set up a fund for both Jacksonville and one for the other hard-hit areas in East Alabama. 100% of donations will go to disaster relief.
The JSU Foundation is also raising money on GoFundMe, where they are attempting to raise one million dollars for the relief effort. To offer assistance for the Southside storm, report to the Southside Community Center. Gadsden-Etowah County EMA asks that anyone planning on assisting with debris removal to come prepared with appropriate protective gear. This includes: thick gloves, hard-soled steel-toe boots, ear plugs, and goggles or safety glasses.
Monetary donations can be made to the Community Foundation’s general Disaster Relief Fund on their website.