Sunday, May 1, 2011

Alabama Tornadoes - #2862 - 'Our Katrina': Death Toll Tops 200 in Alabama, over 300 in U.S. - Baptist Press (2) VIDEO: Alabama Tornado Response - Samaritan's Purse- Donate or Volunteer to Help (3) Franklin Graham Visits Alabama

One of the most devastating tornado outbreaks in the nation's history left at least 290 people dead in six states April 27 as Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers -- already on the ground in some locations -- scrambled to assess damaged church buildings and assist in disaster relief in the midst of power and telephone outages, and rubble. In Alabama alone, more than 200 people died in 16 counties, and the governor estimated as many as half a million to a million people were left without electricity.......Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers in Alabama already are assisting emergency response personnel in an effort to find survivors. The Weather Channel called the outbreak the deadliest since 1974........ "Entire communities disappeared," Johnson said. "Many hospitals, police departments, local fire departments all sustained damage. At one campsite campers were picked up and swept into a lake.   Read  more.......


Alabama Tornado - Samaritan's Purse - Samaritan’s Purse has workers and equipment in Alabama to help victims of a series of violent tornadoes that pummeled the state Wednesday. Two of our Disaster Relief Units are in Alabama, serving as command posts for staff and volunteers in the hardest hit areas. One unit is based at Garywood Assembly of God in Bessemer, about 12 miles southwest of Birmingham, and the other is located at First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa. “Authorities here have opened the doors and given us the ability to do what we've been called here to do, and to get volunteers in here and allow them to bless people and give them hope in what looks like a hopeless situation to them,” said Rick Cobb, who is leading our team in the Birmingham area. Samaritan's Purse volunteers are out in hard hit areas, removing debris, making emergency repairs on houses, and demonstrating God’s care and concern to tornado victims. Over 630 volunteers were helping their neighbors in Tuscaloosa Saturday, and another 125 worked in Birmingham.  Read more.........  To donate to Samaritan's Purse to help......... To volunteer in the cleanup efforts with Samaritan's Purse......
 
Franklin Graham Visits Alabama -Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham was on the ground in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Saturday, showing his concern for victims of the devastating tornadoes that ravaged the state on Wednesday, overseeing our work as we begin to help, and encouraging volunteers. The severe storms wreaked havoc across the South, causing widespread damage and tremendous loss of life. The tornadoes wiped out homes and businesses, entire neighborhoods, and left hundreds of thousands of people without power. At least 337 people were killed, including 246 in Alabama. “I flew into today, and from Birmingham, you see a brown swath on the ground for several hundred miles,” Graham said. “I’ve never seen anything like that.” Samaritan’s Purse responded by deploying two Disaster Relief Units, tractor-trailers loaded with emergency tools and supplies, to serve as command posts for staff and volunteers. One unit is based at Garywood Assembly of God in Bessemer, about 12 miles southwest of Birmingham, and the other is located at First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa.  Read more........

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