Ministries Respond to Tornado Disaster
At 4:51 am on April 29, 2011
Numerous churches and ministries are reaching out to those affected by this week's deadly tornado outbreak in the Southeast.
The Salvation Army has deployed 10 mobile units to provide food, beverage and spiritual support to storm victims in Tuscaloosa, greater Birmingham, Guntersville and Lauderdale County, Alabama as well as Montpelier and Oxford, Mississippi. Mobile feeding units also are serving victims in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee.
Samaritan's Purse has deployed two disaster relief units and has established bases in the Tuscaloosa and Greater Birmingham areas.
The severe storms Wednesday spawned tornadoes and winds that wiped out homes and businesses across Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia. Entire towns were leveled, and hundreds of thousands of people were without power. The death toll is now approaching 300 people.
The National Weather Service received reports of more than 150 tornadoes around the regions, including 66 in Alabama and 38 in Mississippi. The worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history occurred in April 1974, when 148 twisters touched down in 13 states over a 16-hour period.
The worst damage is in Alabama. Jennifer Ardis, a spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley, told CNN that violent weather claimed lives in 16 Alabama counties. One of the hardest-hit areas was Tuscaloosa, a city of more than 83,000 and home to the University of Alabama. The city's police and other emergency services were devastated, and at least 30 people were killed and about 100 were in a single hospital.
Ways you can help Alabama tornado victims:
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