Auburn Relief Efforts

Tornado damage

Auburn University joins the many others around the state in expressing sympathy and concern for those affected by the devastating April 27, 2011 tornadoes. Through our network of county extension agents and other resources, Auburn is already providing assistance in many areas. Information on this page is provided to give those interested in joining the relief effort direction on how to do so.


July 18, 2011:

Auburn students, faculty and staff, and alumni are gathering to volunteer with the Office of Public Service's "House United" effort.

Read more about "House United" here and visit the Office of Public Service's blog.

June 10, 2011:

-- Relief Fund totals as of 8:00 a.m.:

Auburn Family All-In Relief Fund: $128,750 (includes the Chefs to the Rescue event sponsored by the The Hotel at Auburn University.

Toomer's for Tuscaloosa: $76,150 (includes $20,300 in t-shirt sales raised by an Auburn student)

Grand total Raised: $205,000 (all to the American Red Cross specific to the areas impacted by the storm)

May 17, 2011:

The Alabama Poverty Project/Alabama Possible Initiative, an advocacy group founded by former Auburn professor Wayne Flynt and former president Wilford Bailey, has compiled a list of relief options across the state allowing students and alumni many ways to give, volunteer and advocate for friends and neighbors across the state. To view the complete list of opportunities to donate or volunteer in each of the affected counties, visit the website.

-- Extension Webinar to Assist State's Poultry Producers
Alabama's poultry producers were the hardest hit of the state's farmers by the violent outbreak of tornadoes in late April. The state Department of Agriculture and Industries estimates that the storms killed more than 3.2 million chickens and destroyed more than 200 poultry houses. It is estimated that more than 500 additional poultry houses were damaged by the storms.

For many of these poultry farmers, information about available recovery resources is their most critical need. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, partnering with a number of other organizations, will host a webinar to update producers on all of the resources that are available to them on Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m. until noon. Find more information here.

May 16, 2011:

'Chefs to the Rescue' to cook for a cause in Auburn, benefit Alabama tornado victims

May 13, 2011:

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is bridging communications problems in north Alabama with its portable Internet trailer. Deployed to Cullman the day after the devastating tornado outbreak, the trailer is a self-contained communication "Wi-Fi hot spot." The trailer was also set up in Hanceville for several days and is now in Hackleburg providing Internet access to school children. For more on how the unit is helping citizens in north Alabama, read more here.

May 10, 2011:

-- Relief Fund totals as of 8:00 a.m.:

Auburn Family All-In Relief Fund: $67,806

Toomer's for Tuscaloosa: $53,442

Grand total Raised: $121,248 (all to the American Red Cross specific to the areas impacted by the storm)

May 9, 2011:

-- College of Veterinary Medicine Collecting Supplies for Animals May 14 - Click here for flyer

The tornadoes that ripped through Alabama left many family pets homeless. Animal humane shelters in north and west Alabama are overwhelmed and need help until families and animals can be reunited.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is asking the community to help fill a truck with needed supplies on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the parking lot of the college located at 1130 Wire Road. The supplies will be distributed among the animal shelters.

Items urgently needed include: pet food, cat litter and trays, water and food bowls, collars and leashes, dog crates, non-medicated shampoo, bleach, paper towels, towels, bedding, horse feed, hay, chicken feed and fencing materials.

For a complete list of items, visit the College of Veterinary Medicine website at

Contact: Tara Lanier, 334-844-3698,

May 5, 2011:

-- Blue Cross Blue Shield Emergency Relief
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama has implemented an emergency plan to ensure access to medical care and medications as well as to request replacement insurance ID cards for customers affected by the recent storms and tornadoes. Information is available at BCBS' website at The website will be updated on a regular basis as more information and emergency plans become available. Information will also be available at

-- Auburn University Psychological Services Center offers assistance
Those in need of emotional support as a result of the tornadoes of April 27 should contact the Auburn University Psychological Services Center at (334) 844-4889 or AUPSC will make every effort to connect individuals with a qualified mental health professional either at the center or in a specific area. Those who are aware of specific communities in need of immediate therapy services as a result of the tragedy should contact Polly Dunn at (334) 844-6860 or

-- College of Ag Collecting Relief Items for Animals
The tornadoes that tore through Alabama on April 27 affected thousands of people as well as many, many animals. The College of Agriculture's Ag Student Council is hoping to send some relief for those four-legged victims by collecting items for humane societies and animal shelters that serve the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas. Donations of money, food and supplies are needed and can be dropped off in the Comer Hall front office through May 9. Supplies for human victims are also welcome. To learn more contact Ag Council president Kate Derby at

Below are the specific organizations and some of their needs and contact information:

- Humane Society of West Alabama in Northport, Ala., needs essential items for animal rescue efforts: crates, carriers, pet food, pet beds, blankets, dog collars and leashes, pet bowls, jugs of water, leashes/collars, gallon-size sealable (Ziploc-style) bags, plastic bins/boxes (to carry bags of food) and plastic grocery bags. They are also in need of a storage unit to store incoming supplies.

- Alabama SPCA/Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter has an immediate need for a battery-powered generator, 12-inch squeegee heads with poles, floor mops and pooper scoopers. They also need foster homes to care for cats and kittens displaced by the tornado. To learn more contact the ASPCA on their Facebook page (

- Birmingham's main animal shelter needs bleach due to a disease outbreak.

Go to for more information on places to donate and ways to help.

May 1, 2011:

Ham Wilson Livestock Arena, 650 S. Donahue Dr., Auburn
Entrance on Red Barn side of the building
Accepting donations from 7:00 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday; schedule changes will be posted

Greatest needs right now:

  • Baby items (Pedialyte, baby food, formula, diapers, wipes, over the counter medications, bottles and related supplies)
  • Personal hygiene items (deodorant, feminine hygiene, adult diapers, dental care, soap, etc.)
  • First aid supplies
  • Over the counter medications (Tylenol, Advil, etc.)
  • Food and snacks (non perishable)
  • Sunscreen

Auburn University and Lee County EMA are working in conjunction with local and state officials, as well as other relief organizations, to receive donations and distribute them.

April 28, 2011:

-- Alabama Cooperative Extension System: The Extension System operates as the primary outreach organization for the land-grant functions of Auburn and Alabama A&M Universities. On their website you will find practical information and advice on food and water issues when the power is out, chainsaw safety, safe clean-up and more. For more information, go to

-- What you can do: We realize many of you want to help and are organizing various volunteers to visit affected communities. The area Red Cross and other first-responders -- including the National Guard -- are on location to assess the areas of greatest need and advise you NOT to travel to affected communities at this time, but to wait until central, designated locations are set up to organize volunteer efforts. Many thousands of people traveling to these areas at once creates serious safety concerns and hampers the ability of first responders. Auburn University is reaching out to our friends at other universities in Alabama and to our network of emergency management professionals, and will soon organize a central effort for members of the Auburn Family to help, including providing transportation, once these agencies tell us how and where they need us.

-- THE BEST IMMEDIATE THING YOU CAN DO THAT WILL HELP THE MOST IS TO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION through the American Red Cross, which is set up to provide immediate relief very quickly and directly to affected areas through such funds. The East Alabama chapter of the Red Cross has set up two funds for members of the Auburn Family who would like to contribute to the relief efforts:

  • The Auburn Family All In Relief Fund allows you to contribute to areas of most need in Alabama.
  • The Toomer's for Tuscaloosa Fund allows you to contribute directly to the relief fund in Tuscaloosa.

  • -- Psychological, Emotional and Financial Resources- Traumatic events can have a powerful effect on your life and well-being or on that of others. Those affected may experience strong emotional or physical reactions that may appear immediately or days or weeks later. Resources for helping someone cope with the aftermath of such events or to help you recognize that need in others can be found on the following webpage at If you are a full-time, benefit eligible employee of Auburn University, you may also seek professional help through American Behavioral at 800-925-5EAP (5327). Additionally, for employees participating in Auburn University's 403(b) or 457(b) plans who need access to their funds and have accounts with VALIC or TIAA-CREF, expedited distribution/hardship/loan request processes have been established. Additional information is available at the webpage listed above.

    Please visit this website for updates and we will keep you informed.

    Last Updated: July 22, 2011

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