On April 27, 2011, the largest and one of the deadliest tornadoes ever ripped through Tuscaloosa devastating our County.
In the aftermath, the needs of the tornado victims changed rapidly. The Tuscaloosa County Extension staff partnered with organizations every step along the way to address these ever changing needs. Staff members assisted with search and rescue, clean-up, manning shelters, purchasing, collecting and sorting supplies and facilitating donations.
Since education is our mission we updated our Extension Homepage daily, assisted EMA and FEMA in coordinating meetings to obtain damage information and with public work groups (water boards, and local park services, etc.) to review claims, distributed Extension publications (chainsaw safety, replacing lost identification, talking with your children about the storm) to the public, hosted a satellite seminar on Casualty Timber and Shade Tree Loss. Informed and facilitated an informational webinar for affected poultry producers, and facilitated meetings for a Tree Bank and a Forestry Task Force.
County Extension Coordinator, Denise Shirley participated in House United Build for Habitat for Humanity (a University of Alabama and Auburn University joint effort) to build a home in the Holt area.
Jonathan B. Gladney, Regional Extension Agent, Animal Science and Forages helped route livestock supplies (feed, fencing, etc.) from a 4-H Club in New York to areas of the greatest need.
As a result of Neal Hargle’ s, County Extension Agent, programming over 400 trees were planted in the Holt community to replace those destroyed by the tornado of April 27, 2011.
The county office stands ready to assist should disaster strike Tuscaloosa County again.