Resources for Tornado Victims and Ways to Help

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) hopes that the following list may be of assistance to those affected by the recent storms and to those who would like to volunteer to help. BPL will continue to update this list regularly. If you would like to add additional information to help those in need, please post in the comments section below.

Important Notices

Right-of-Entry Agreement (Private Property) form needed for the city and FEMA to start the clean up process on private property.

Disaster related unemployment claims deadline is May 30.

Legal Services Alabama Disaster Manual covers FEMA, housing, insurance, bankruptcy, family issues, unemployment compensation, nutrition assistance, taxes plus many other topics. (pdf version)


Call 2-1-1 in Alabama for assistance/information of any kind. It's like 9-1-1, except for non-emergency questions of any sort.

Recovery Alabama Crowdsourcing meets geocoding in this database which covers topics such as assistance needed, information, infrastructure problems, items needed, medical needs, news stories, upcoming events and solutions.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA Application Information (pdf)
Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds Emergency Declared April 27, 2011 (EM-3319). FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. BPL locations are waiving the fax fees for FEMA applications.

Red Cross Mid-Alabama Region
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Salvation Army

A Guide to Homeowners Insurance, Alabama Department of Insurance

Social Security Benefits
1-800-325-0778 (TTY)

Social Security Card Replacement

Insurance Claims' Department Numbers for Major Insurance Companies

Legal Help
Free legal help by the Alabama State Bar for tornado victims.

Pleasant Grove, Alabama Tornado Updates

Greater Birmingham Humane Society--locating lost dogs

Animals Lost and Found from the Tornadoes in Alabama


FBI Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes

Alabama Possible
Birmingham Area Tornado Relief Donations (Birmingham Mommy)
Hands On Birmingham Tornado Volunteers
List of Donation and Volunteer Opportunities
Locate Owners of Found Photos and Documents
Magic City Post
Recovery: After a Tornado (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Recovery Alabama
United Way's Tornado Disaster Fund


Wade Kwon said…
Melinda, thank you for this list of resources and for including Magic City Post among them.
Anne Britton said…
I am in NY state in a rural area would like to host a family, any orphaned children and recommend insisting the Federal government waive postage fees to send supplies down.
Helen Rivas said…
Great compilation, Thank you!
Unknown said…
Thanks for knowledge share, I will be waiting for more in future

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