Jacksonville State University and communities throughout Alabama need our help

Jacksonville State University tornado damage. Photo by Pete Conroy.

On Monday, March 19th, Jacksonville State University was hit by an EF-3 tornado with winds of up to 135 mph. Surrounding communities near the university and towns throughout Alabama also received damage, including the Russelville and Cullman communities.

It is time for all Alabamians to pull together and help our fellow Alabamians.

According to the Anniston Star and ABC 33/40 here are ways you can help.


Screen Shot 2018 03 21 at 3.34.21 AM Jacksonville State University and communities throughout Alabama need our help

Volunteer & Donate Supplies

Residents can volunteer their time by signing up with the EMA at the Jacksonville Community Center on 501 Alexandria Road SW.

Check out this story by ABC 33/40 – Volunteers needed in Jacksonville, Southside after EF-3 tornado

Donations of supplies are being accepted at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church at 308 Gayle Avenue SW.

Monetary donations can be made to the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama in Anniston. The foundation has set up a fund and 100 percent of donations will go to disaster relief. To make a donation, visit http://www.yourcommunityfirst.org/news/disaster-response-fund-accepting-donations  or  https://cfnea.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?setc=1&funit_id=1073&event_date_id=&grant_id=.

The JSU Foundation, the charitable arm of the university, has set up a fundraiser for those displaced by the storms. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/jsu

Patterson Hall, a dorm on the Jacksonville State University campus damaged by the E-3 tornado. Photo by Pete Conroy.
Bham Now will update this story when we learn about additional charities that will be setting up funds other areas of the state.




Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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