( Cut for those who don't want to read about tornado aftermath )
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
United Way of West Alabama
West Alabama Tornado Assistance and Information
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, April 30, 2011 – Please find below the UPDATED information which needs to be distributed to tornado victims and their families in West Alabama. United Way of West Alabama will be open Sunday, May 1 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. West Alabama Food Bank (Northport) has comfort care kits available for pick up and is accepting them for donation. Please keep in mind, you all are the sole source for many victims of the storm to receive the information listed below due to a lack of cable service in the area.
Tuscaloosa County Spontaneous Volunteer Management Team will host the Volunteer Reception Center at St. Mathias Episcopal Church at 2310 Skyland Boulevard East in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, May 1 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. ALL individuals wishing to volunteer should report here to sign up and find out about volunteer needs available, and some volunteers will be placed immediately. Depending on your skill set, your information may be taken, and you could be contacted once a volunteer need becomes available.
Tax deductible donations can be made to United Way of West Alabama from now through August 31 with 100% of donated money going directly to West Alabama tornado relief efforts by visiting www.uwwa.org/donatenow.html. You can also give to American Red Cross (be sure to specify West Alabama Chapter) or The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa.
GREAT NEED for ready to eat and non-perishable food items, tarps for covering roofs, and clothing (especially underwear, socks, and new or VERY gently worn tennis shoes are desperately needed), newborn and baby items including diapers, formula, diaper cream and wipes. Sunscreen, wipes, soap, towels, washcloths and hand sanitizers would also be appreciated. Donations are being accepted at the following: United Way of West Alabama (2720 6th Street/Tuscaloosa...block from Capitol Park); Temporary Emergency Services (15th Street)…open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1; Leland Shopping Center (2601 University Blvd.); T-Town PAWS, Metro and the Humane Society need pet supplies which can be dropped off at United Way of West Alabama.
DISABLED TORNADO VICTIMS:
If you or someone you know is disabled and affected by the tornado, please contact Beth Blaylock at 205.292.3167.
FEMA DISASTER REGISTRATION:
Contact 1.800.621.3362 to register with FEMA if you suffered storm damage.
Contact 2-1-1, United Way’s Information & Referral Service, for information on low cost housing options in West Alabama. ClassiTIDES.com is publishing daily lists of low cost housing, and they will provide updated books at retail establishments and to United Way of West Alabama each Thursday. People who have lost homes can call 1-800-621-3362 to report the loss.
Shelters available: Belk Activity Center has availability; Temporary Emergency Services has a shower available; G.G. Harden Center in Brookwood has restrooms to freshen up, no showers.
FOOD/WATER/OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE:
SuperTarget Store behind University Mall is giving away cases of water, and they will have one bag of ice available on Sunday per individual. Food/Water stations for victims (not volunteers) are located at Leland Shopping Center, Locklear Dodge off Greensboro, Fire College at Bruno’s Supermarket, Skyland Elementary. American Red Cross is at Belk Activity Center and can provide assistance with food and shelter but victims not required to stay there to receive food; Forest Lake Baptist Relief Center providing meals for volunteers; Portable kitchen set up at Rosedale; Impact Nation Church in Alberta (formerly New Testament) is providing clothing, water, flashlights and other items.
MEALS AVAILABLE APRIL 30 through MAY 3 -
*Leland Shopping Center in Alberta City is hosting Pizza Hut April 30 through May 3 who will be making personal pizzas for those affected by the tornado.
*Other food is also available at Leland Shopping Center.
IF YOU OR A GROUP YOU KNOW IS PROVIDING MEALS IN A PARTICULAR AREA, PLEASE CONTACT 2-1-1 TO LET US KNOW & WE WILL POST THE INFORMATION HERE!
Electrical/cell phone charging stations will be available at Bruno's Supermarket on Saturday, April 30 provided by Tide.
TIDE LOADS OF HOPE:
Tide Loads of Hope will offer clothes washing services at Bruno's Supermarket on Tuesday, May 3.
MISSING PERSONS/SURVIVOR REGISTRATION:
Survivors need to check in with Tuscaloosa Police Department at 205-759-7111. Searching for Missing Persons – check hospitals first (DCH Tuscaloosa 205-759-7111 or DCH Northport 205-333-4500; 205-349-2121 (non-emergency number for Tuscaloosa Police). Also, search safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.ph
Local contractors who are willing to provide free debris removal should contact 205-248-5800. Also, Samaritian’s Purse is doing free debris removal and putting tarps on people’s homes. This is being coordinated at First Baptist Church and services are all free. The contact number is 205-345-7554.
The University of Alabama School of Law will be providing free legal services to victims of the tornado beginning early next week. Services will include help filling out FEMA paperwork as well as answering legal questions.
HELP FROM OUTSIDE WEST ALABAMA:
While offers of help are greatly appreciated from all who have reached out to the West Alabama community, local law enforcement is asking for individuals from outside West Alabama to not come to the area for approximately 72 hours due to road conditions. Please contact 2-1-1 if you have non-monetary donations for West Alabama for instructions on getting these donations to the area. Also, monetary donations are greatly appreciated at www.uwwa.org/donatenow.html.
For more information about the ways to give and get help, call 2-1-1, United Way’s Information & Referral line, or visit www.uwwa.org.
There are others around, including this one to help find people who are missing:http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/2
A simple way to help is to text FOOD to 27722 to donate $10 to the West Alabama Foodbank, which is helping to feed people without food from the tornadoes.
Feel free to PM or email me at ren_shuten at yahoo dot com if you have any other information or if you need something. I'll help however I can.
ETA: There is also an Acts of Kindness fund that's been set up: https://www.ua.edu/advancement/giving/d
And, although I'm sure some of this is repeat information, more ways to help:
People who want to volunteer can go to St. Matthias church at 2310 Skyland Blvd to get on a roster. I know people tend to be leery of churches, but volunteering without a group is hard and it's a way in. What's really needed is water and clothing, but any little bit will help.
ETA 2: More ways to help: http://mashable.com/2011/04/30/se
Well, I'm sorry I haven't been around. I've been trying to deal with school and interning and job searching. Anyone know of any library jobs out there? Drop me a line!
Graduation is looming on the horizon, and I'm ready for it. I'm terrified beyond words, but I'm ready. A year ago, I was watching my friends get ready for graduation and I was scared witless and shitless. I'm still scared, but I feel prepared. I've got a good support network, although no job, and I'm ready to jump in with both feet. And I figured I may as well take this attitude with it, because it's going to come whether I'm prepared or not.
I also have plans to get a tattoo to commemorate graduating college. It's something I've been mulling over for a few months now, and I'm still enamored with the idea. It will encapsulate my love of Harry Potter and the last step in my schooling all in one fell swoop. I grew up with Harry, literally. I was ten when I read the first book and I'm 23 now. I read every book, every word, watched every money, caught hell in junior high for wearing t-shirts proclaiming my nerditude, and here I am, 13 years later, waiting on the last movie to come out. I've laughed and cried with these characters, fictional though they may be.
I'm still hammering out a design for the tattoo in my head and I haven't decided where I want to get it. But I know it's going to be two words.
My summer has been delightfully boring thus far, although mom is coming up on Friday and I do need to do so MASSIVE cleaning before she gets here because she'd throw a fit if she saw the way my room looks right now. And the bathroom. I'm a bit lazy.
So, moving. I'm officially moving to a new apartment. I have the apartment number and everything. It's upstairs and a one bedroom and I know two other people who live in the complex because they're in the library grad school program with me, so it's going to be AWESOME.
I've recently activated my Netflix account and have been watching movies like there's no tomorrow. A lot of them have been movies that I haven't seen in years, and most of them don't live up to the memory I have of them. Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney version)? Not that great, and actually kinda dirty. Anastasia? Fairly good. The Aristocats? Still amazing.
I'm rambling because I don't have any actual news other than I'M MOVING. Roommate owes me his half of two months worth of utilities at this point. Also, he still doesn't have a car. He's currently at his house in Montgomery and I have no idea when he's coming back to move all of his stuff out or what he's taking with him. He's telling me I can have his kitchen stuff, but I have my own stuff, so most of his will probably go to the Goodwill or Salvation Army or something. I have no use for ANOTHER set of dishes. I do, however, need a coffee table and an TV stand (assuming I don't take his TV stand). I'll worry about that when I get moved. (That makes me so happy to say, and I hate moving.)
Title: This particular incarnation of the Doctor greatly amused the TARDIS
Summary: The TARDIS is looking back on her tenth Doctor.
Spoilers: Season 2-4 of Doctor Who.
( This particular incarnation of the Doctor greatly amused the TARDIS. )
I had this grand plan of using this for my posting my NaNo, but said NaNo is well over 18k words and I really don't feel like separating it out into posts. So, yeah.
I'm working on a presentation (well, supposed to be working) for my children's library class. Why does Firefox say "children's" is spelled wrong?
Okay, I'm just rambling. Hi, I'm here. I'm not dead.
Back to work.
Do not want.
She fears him, and will always ask
What fated her to choose him;
She meets in his engaging mask
All reasons to refuse him;
But what she meets and what she fears
Are less than are the downward years
Drawn slowly to the foamless weirs
Of age, were she to lose him.
Between a blurred sagacity
That once had power to sound him,
And Love, that will not let him be
The Judas that she found him,
Her pride assuages her almost,
As if it were alone the cost.
He sees that he will not be lost,
And waits and looks around him.
A sense of ocean and old trees
Envelops and allures him;
Tradition, touching all he sees,
Beguiles and reassures him;
And all her doubts of what he says
Are dimmed with what she knows of days--
Till even prejudice delays,
And fades, and she secures him.
The falling leaf inaugurates
The reign of her confusion;
The pounding wave reverberates
The dirge of her illusion;
And home, where passion lived and died,
Becomes a place where she can hide,
While all the town and harbor side
Vibrate with her seclusion.
We tell you, tapping on our brows,
The story as it should be,
As if the story of a house
Were told, or ever could be;
We'll have no kindly veil between
Her visions and those we have seen,
As if we guessed what hers have been,
Or what they are or would be.
Meanwhile we do no harm; for they
That with a god have striven,
Not hearing much of what we say,
Take what the god has given;
Though like waves breaking it may be,
Or like a changed familiar tree,
Or like a stairway to the sea
Where down the blind are driven.