1/23/12 UPDATE on storm response:
Many of you may be wondering how you can be of assistance in the aftermath of the severe storms that passed through the Birmingham area early this morning. Currently, first responders are addressing immediate needs in the hardest hit communities, but opportunities for volunteers to be involved will solidify over the next couple of days. Hands on Birmingham and Christian Service Mission are coordinating a large portion of disaster relief efforts, and opportunities with both agencies are listed below:
Hands on Birmingham invites potential volunteers to sign up for disaster relief volunteer opportunities at their webpage, HOB Disaster Volunteer Updates. They will then contact you with updates on project information once specific community needs have been determined. Additionally, they will be posting ongoing updates, including information on volunteer opportunities and monetary donations, on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hands-On-Birmingham/142717289079724.
Christian Service Mission is sharing updates and needs through their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ChristianServiceMission?ref=ts. Current needs include ice chests, storage bins, contractor bags, charcoal, and Gatorade, and all items may be dropped off at their warehouse located at 3600 3rd Avenue South. They will also be accepting volunteers at their warehouse tomorrow, January 24th, if you are able to join them.
Please feel free to contact me with any further questions about how to get involved, and thank you for your interest in serving the greater Birmingham community during this time of need.
Leadership and Service Coordinator
1/23/12 UPDATE at 10 a.m.:
The university opened as planned at 9 a.m.
Although there was no damage to the campus, at least two employees confirmed significant damage to their homes. University officials continue to monitor those individual situations and appropriate responses to the areas affected by the early morning storms that swept through Alabama.
1/23/12 EMERGENCY MESSAGE from Sarah Latham --
While the campus is safe and early morning storms stayed to the north of Homewood, there are several areas to the northeast of Birmingham that have obtained damage. These areas include Trussville, Centerpoint, and Argo. We also know that folks in Fultondale have been affected. We already have reports from members of our Samford family of damage to their homes. As the sun comes up, we will have a better understanding of injuries and damage in the Birmingham area. There are traffic issues and first responders are asking that people stay off the roads in several areas.
We will have a delayed start this morning, with classes and all operations starting at 9am. There is a flood advisory for the Homewood area and also some reports of downed trees, so please take care in your commute. Please be in contact with your supervisor or professor in the event that your personal situation warrants your inability to come to campus.
Sarah C. Latham
Vice-president for Operations and Planning