How to Respond to Disaster Relief Assistance

Posted by Philip Poole on 2011-04-28

Samford's Give. Serve. Pray Tornado Response Website

(Editor's Note: Update from Randy Pittman and Renie Moss regarding university-specific response opportunities will be added following the links below. Other updates provided by other employees, students and local announcements will be at the end in the order they are received.)

The Samford University campus and areas immediately around the campus were spared damage in the wake of the devastating tornadoes which hit Alabama on April 27. As of Thursday, April 28, the university is operating on regular schedules.

There are many ways for the Samford University community to assist with disaster recovery efforts. This site will maintain a running list of opportunities to respond.

"Our natural instinct is to respond immediately, but we must remember that the response will be more than just today. It will be a marathon need that lasts for weeks and months," said Samford University President Andy Westmoreland.

Westmoreland has encouraged the Samford community to give authorities adequate time to assess needs and then respond to specific requests that are made. He has asked Randy Pittman, Samford's vice president for advancement, to coordinate the university's response process. Renie Moss, assistant dean for campus life, is working on opportunities for student involvement.

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