The last couple of days have been emotional in the state of Alabama for many residents as they salvage what they can from their demolished homes. Thousands of people have lost their homes and hundreds have died from the tornadoes that swept through the state on April 27th. Neighborhoods were wiped out, businesses were destroyed, and trees and power poles were toppled. It was a devastating day that we will never forget.
There have been over 200 fatalities in Alabama, according to state and local officials. As we have all seen, some of the most damaged areas have been Tuscaloosa, Cullman, Pratt City, and Pleasant Grove. The state Emergency Management Agency reported Thursday night there were 37 deaths in Tuscaloosa County, 18 deaths in Jefferson County, and 2 deaths in Cullman County. The areas around Tuscaloosa and Birmingham will receive plenty of help and funding over the next weeks, as they should. These areas have been heavily reported in the media, but please don’t forget about the many other smaller towns and counties that have been affected as well. Many towns such as Rainesville and Hackleburg were hit just as hard by the tornado, but they will not receive the funding as quick as other towns will.
The EMA reported fatalities in19 different counties throughout the state. The death toll in Dekalb County reached 32, while 27 deaths were confirmed in Franklin County. Walker and Lawrence Counties each had 14 deaths, and St. Clair County reported 13 fatalities. So many people from all over the state were affected by the tornadoes that hit our state. Most of the aide and help I have seen from people are going to Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa needs all of the help that they can get right now, but please remember all of the other towns affected as well.
I encourage you all to lend a helping hand to fellow Alabamians that are struggling. If you are not able to help, you can also make a donation to your local Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. Also, you can click here to see a list of places to make donations. It is amazing to see how the people of Alabama join together and help each other in times of need; it truly makes you proud to live in Alabama. Please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers as we enter a rebuilding stage. We are Alabama, and we will recover.