Friends, throughout the day we will continue to learn the depth of the losses suffered by our friends throughout the state and region. The tragedy is overwhelming.
For the moment, the best thing that we can do is to go about our routine business on campus. Damage assessment is underway throughout the area. Let's allow time for the authorities to do their work.
I have asked Renie Moss in student affairs to coordinate our volunteer efforts in addressing disaster relief needs. She will be in touch with you soon.
I have asked Randy Pittman in unniversity advancement to begin an assessment of the direct impact on Samford families and to coordinate our attempts to provide assistance.
Having survived an F5 tornado in 1997, Jeanna and I have firsthand experience in understanding the long-term trauma of such a disaster. Trust me when I say that we need to go about our routine business now, stay out of the damaged areas, comfort each other, and then steel ourselves for an extended period of recovery.
We mourn the losses; we yearn to help; we cling to the hope we have in Christ.