In Alabama: Tornado Victims Helped By 'Army Of Volunteers'

May 1, 2011

The latest numbers on the toll from the tornadoes that roared through parts of the Southeast on Tuesday and Wednesday are sobering: "at least 342 people died across seven states, including 250 in Alabama," The Associated Press says. Thousands more were injured and thousands more than that are homeless.

In Alabama, The Birmingham News writes this morning that:

"An army of volunteers trooped into storm-stricken communities across west and central Alabama on Saturday, bringing food, water and labor to those trying to pick up the pieces.

" 'The response is overwhelming,' said Judy McGuirk, a member of storm-damaged Fultondale First Baptist Church."

For those who can't go to the region but still want to help, the Federal Emergency Management Agency links to a list put together by the National Donations Management Network. It includes organizations that are active in disaster relief and has links to their websites — which include online donation forms.

The network recommends checking and Network For Good "for information and tips on donating to charities."

Also, our friends at WBHM in Birmingham point to The United Way of Central Alabama's Tornado Disaster Fund. And there's more information at the website of Alabama Public Radio.

There's state-specific information on the website of Mississippi Public Broadcasting as well. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit