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 Community Colleges and Natural Disasters 

AACC has compiled the following information pertaining to the tornadoes that ripped through the South last week and the threat of flooding this week. These resources include news articles, links to affected community colleges and ongoing relief efforts. It will be updated as information becomes available.

Articles

Ala. colleges cope with devastation
Colleges in Alabama and other Southern states are helping their communities deal with devastating damage and loss of life caused by tornadoes that struck the region last week.

Tornadoes damage Ala. colleges
Several community colleges sustained damage on their campuses from the deadly storms that ripped through Alabama and several other states on Wednesday. 

Most buildings damaged at Wallace State
Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala., is among two-year colleges hit the worst by last week’s storms in the South.

Flooding hits states along the Mississippi River
For the last few weeks, tornadoes have slammed the South. This week, it is rain.

Colleges Recently Affected by Weather

Alabama (The Alabama Community College system is assessing damages on campuses and will provide information on its website regarding fundraising activities)

Arkansas

Illinois

Missouri

Tennessee

Virginia

*Sustained heavier damage on campus

Helping Hands

Alabama Southern Community College is holding a disaster-relief drive for tornado victims in its area. It’s seeking: tarps, bottled water, sports drinks, snacks, power bars, blankets, Styrofoam coolers, hand sanitizer, diapers, new underwear (all sizes and genders), new socks (all sizes and genders) and other toiletry items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and feminine items. For more information, contact Rhonda Dees, (rdees@ascc.edu), Angie Williams (awilliams@ascc.edu) or Willard Daffin (wdaffin@ascc.edu)

Crowder College and Ozarks Technical Community College in Missouri are collecting donations for tornado victims in Joplin, Mo. A list of items accepted, as well as hours for drop-off, for Crowder College is posted on their website. OTCC also has posted information about relief efforts.

East Mississippi Community College faculty, staff and students are reaching out to tornado victims with volunteer efforts for Kemper County, Smithville and East Webster High School. For more information, see the “Events” listing on its Facebook page.

In Virginia, monetary donations to help those in need can be made through the Virginia Highland Community College Educational Foundation online. Donations should be designated for “storm relief.” The American Red Cross is also accepting donations.

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