April 27, 2011 Storm Information

Academic and Support Services Fully Operational; Community Relief and Recovery Efforts Ongoing

8:25 a.m., Tuesday, May 17

VIDEO: UA Helps Community in Tornado's Aftermath

3:00 p.m., Monday, May 16

Students, faculty and staff who were affected by the April 27 tornado are encouraged to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To apply for FEMA assistance, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585.

4:55 p.m., Monday, May 9

UA Acts of Kindness Fund: How to Apply for Assistance

Faculty, staff and students who suffered hardship following the April 27 tornado are encouraged to apply for financial assistance through the UA Acts of Kindness Fund, an emergency-assistance program for UA employees and students.

To apply for assistance:

  1. Go to UA Acts of Kindness Application for Financial Assistance and fill out the application form. If you don't have online access, please ask someone to print the form for you.

  2. Submit the completed form and any supporting documentation (such as independent verification from FEMA, the American Red Cross, your police department, fire department, and/or insurance claim) using one of the following options:
    a. Email the completed form and supporting documentation to uakindness@fa.ua.edu.
    b. Fax the completed form and supporting documentation to (205) 348-0313.
    c. Send the completed form and supporting documentation via campus or regular mail to Department of Human Resources, 303 Rose Administration, Box 870126, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. You may also hand-deliver the form and documentation.

If you do not yet have supporting documentation, please submit the form or send an email to uakindness@fa.ua.edu stating the need for assistance along with your campuswide identification number or Social Security number. Then submit your documentation as soon as possible.

There is an urgent need to apply as soon as possible so that the University can assess the total need and begin awarding funds.

If you have questions or need more information, please call (205) 348-6690, or email adickey@fa.ua.edu.

For more information about the fund, visit http://financialaffairs.ua.edu/benfund/

3:15 p.m., Friday, May 6

INFORMATION ON GIVING/VOLUNTEERING
The University of Alabama Athletics Department announced today that it is contributing $1 million to the UA Acts of Kindness Fund established by the University to assist students, faculty and staff who were impacted by the April 27 tornado. To read more about the donation, click here.

For more information about the fund, visit http://financialaffairs.ua.edu/benfund/. To apply for assistance, go to UA Acts of Kindness Application for Financial Assistance.

UA employees who want to use payroll deduction to contribute to the fund can click here to access the new UA Acts of Kindness Fund Payroll Deduction Authorization Form. Contributions also are accepted online here: http://bit.ly/uaactsofkindness.

Starting Saturday, May 7, all volunteers working in the recovery areas must be credentialed. Credentialing will occur at the McAbee Center, 3801 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa. Hours are Saturday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Volunteer groups can go through an accelerated volunteer approval process by emailing volunteer@givetuscaloosa.com at least 24 hours in advance of their arrival. All individuals must register through the volunteer reception center. For more information, please visit http://www.givetuscaloosa.com/.

The UA Community Service Center has a number of volunteer opportunities available (listed below). For more information, please contact Barbara Grimes at (205) 348-2865 or bgrimes@sa.ua.edu.

Friday, May 6:

  • City of Tuscaloosa volunteer hotline call center: Friday, May 6, through Tuesday, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shifts are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Assisting with FEMA Registration:  The Tuscaloosa Public Library needs help assisting tornado victims with filing their FEMA information. Kathy Bailey, assistant director for public services, is coordinating the volunteer schedule and can be reached at (205) 345-5820. 
  • Data input for Tuscaloosa Volunteer Reception Center:  needs help entering information for everyone who has filled out volunteer registration forms since April 28. Volunteers need to bring a laptop computer that has Excel on it in order to help.  Report to the center at St. Mathias on Skyland Boulevard between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, to help.
  • Tuscaloosa’s One Place, 867 Redmont Drive, Tuscaloosa: sort items for distribution and assist with other activities for the Alberta community. For more information, please call (205) 462-1000.
  • Community Service Center: Compassion Coalition needs volunteers to make phone calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • City of Tuscaloosa new warehouse for donations, 2505 Greensboro Ave.: Volunteers with credentials are needed to help with deliveries each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Assist with laundry service at Christ Church: Volunteers are needed to wash, dry and fold clothes. Pick up and return of the bags to the church is ideal, but arrangements can be made to deliver bags to your house. Drivers needed to pick up and deliver laundry from the shelters. Contact Nita at 758-4252 or ncaldwell@christchurch.
  • Give Blood:  The Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the Belk Men’s Store at University Mall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 7:

  • Holt High School: help move one of the distribution sites from one location to another Saturday, May 7, starting at 9 a.m. For more information, call 553-5360.

Ongoing volunteer sign-up and service locations:

  • Temporary Emergency Services, 15th Street: sort and distribute donations, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Toomers for Tuscaloosa/Five Points Baptist Church (old Food Max building), 5510 McFarland Blvd. near Taco Casa, Northport: sort donated items for delivery to Temporary Emergency Services
  • Rosedale Baptist Church, 2424 28th Street, Tuscaloosa: needs volunteers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Samaritan’s Purse at First Baptist Church downtown: volunteer orientations each day at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.  You need to go to one of the orientations in order to be placed.
  • Alabama Disability Advocacy Network support hotline for Tuscaloosa:  (attention nursing, social work and community health majors) Shifts are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For information about College of Education relief efforts, click here.

WHERE TO FIND ASSISTANCE
Storm Relief Notification — The website bcbsal.com is now updated with information for members who are affected by the recent storms. The link is accessed through the scrolling banner on the home page. It provides information on the following emergency policies:

  • Access to prescription drugs
  • Waiver of prior approval (precertifications)
  • ID cards
  • Emergency procedure CSD number

The website will be updated on a regular basis as more information and emergency plans become available.

Group Therapy for Victims — Managed Health Care Administration (MHCA), which provides the network service for both EPS/EPL and Blue Choice Behavioral Health (EPF), has begun efforts to offer group therapy services for victims of the recent storms. These services will be provided in the central and northern part of the state to include Tuscaloosa. Below is the location and phone number of the office in Tuscaloosa offering these group therapy sessions to members who have EPS/EPL and Blue Choice Behavioral Health benefits.  

Tuscaloosa
Alabama Psychiatric Services
825 Rice Mine Road North
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35406
(205) 391-3099

Human Resources — The HR Service Center serves as a central point of contact for employees who have lost insurance cards, flexible spending account cards, recently filled medical prescriptions, glasses or contacts or who need information about insurance, obtaining a loan, or other human resources services. If you need help with any of these items, or you have any other benefits or payroll questions or concerns, contact the HR Service Center, located in G-69 Rose Administration Building, at (205) 348-7732 or hrsvctr@ua.edu. More detailed information also can be found at http://bama.ua.edu/~hr/benefits/DepartmentofHumanResources-DisasterRecovery.html.

Legal — The UA School of Law Clinics, in conjunction with the Alabama State Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association is offering free legal services for those affected by the recent tornado. The Legal Assistance Project will provide free legal services both on-site at local area aid centers and at the law clinic programs office at the UA School of Law.  Law students and attorneys will be available on weekdays at the law school from 9 a.m. to noon and at local response centers from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The Project will provide these services at Leland Shopping Center in Alberta City, at SOMA Church in Holt and at the Belk Activity Center at Bowers Park. For more information or to make an appointment at the clinic, please call (205) 348-4960. Walk-ins are welcome at all locations.

Housing — Students, faculty and staff who have housing needs may find information on properties with vacant apartments or houses at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Housing-for-Tornado-Victims/222338101113122?sk=wall.

Counseling — Whether you were directly or indirectly impacted, the stress associated with the April 27 storm can be overwhelming. If you or a member of your family needs help coping with the situation and want to speak with someone, the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to you. EAP can also meet collectively with employee groups. The EAP counseling services are confidential and are provided at no charge by licensed professional staff trained to work with individuals and families. The services are provided through the DCH Employee Assistance Program. Should you or a member of your family need assistance, please contact:

UA Employee Assistance Program
DCH Health System
201 Towncenter Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
Phone: (205) 759-7890
Toll-free: (866) 840-0750
Fax: (205) 759-7893
www.dchsystem.com/eap

Temporary Emergency Counseling Services, a coordinated effort of UA mental health professionals, is available to provide crisis counseling and mental health services to those affected by the recent tornado.  These services are provided by volunteers at no charge for the following time period:May 3–6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and May 9–13 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Volunteers will answer and refer calls to the appropriate location.For more information, please call (205) 348-7960 or visit http://psychology.ua.edu.  

Members of the UA community need to be aware of the signs of traumatic stress in people who witnessed the tornado and its aftermath, as well as those who were concerned for people who were directly involved, and as a result were frightened for their safety. For more information about signs of traumatic stress, go to http://www.counseling.ua.edu/traumahelp.cfm.  

The UA Counseling Center is offering a free tornado support group for students at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays until further notice. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at (205) 348-3863.

The Counseling Lab at Graves Hall will be offering free disaster/crisis counseling and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Friday. For more information, please call (205) 348-1193 or send an email to kcarmich@bamaed.ua.edu.

ROAD CLOSURES/PAVING PROJECTS/PARKING
A number of road closures were scheduled and announced prior to the end of the spring semester to facilitate construction and paving projects. Please be reminded of the closures listed below. To view a map of some of the affected areas, click here:

  • Hackberry Lane — A section of Hackberry Lane will be closed to traffic on Monday, May 9, for utility work and reopen on Aug. 12. The section that will be closed is the portion from the intersection of Hackberry Lane and University Boulevard up to the intersection of Hackberry Lane and Margaret Drive. Parking access for Smith Hall, Gallalee Hall, Nott Hall and the Psychology Clinic at Gordon Hall will be affected. Click here for complete information.
  • Shelby Lane — Shelby Lane will close Monday, May 9, to pedestrian and vehicular traffic and remain closed through mid-2013 because of construction of the fourth phase of the Science and Engineering Complex. H.M. Comer Hall’s east parking lot will also permanently close at this time. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the bridge that crosses Hackberry Lane at Seventh Avenue to the Riverside Residential Community or the sidewalks on Hackberry Lane that wrap to the east of Shelby Hall toward the Campus Drive Parking Deck. Users of the Bevill Hall loading dock will still have access to the lower loading dock on the north side of the building. Contact Ben Henson, project manager, at 348-6831 or via email at bhenson@fa.ua.edu with any concerns.

To accommodate the installation of the new East Quad Central Energy Plant, the following road closures will occur:

  • Sixth Avenue from University Boulevard to just south of Osband Hall — This area will be closed beginning May 10. Without weather delays, this road should reopen May 30. Sixth Avenue from Osband Hall south will become one way south bound until Sixth Avenue is reopened.
  • Parking Area north of Martha Parham Hall — The parking spaces between Martha Parham and Osband halls will be changed to facilitate one-way traffic east bound.
  • Colonial Drive from University Boulevard South to Paul W. Bryant Drive — Beginning May 10, Colonial Drive from University Boulevard to Paul W. Bryant Drive will be closed. Without weather delays, this road should reopen July 1.
  • Magnolia Drive west of the Chi Omega House Beginning May 10, Magnolia Drive will be closed just west of the Chi Omega house. Without weather delays, this road should reopen by July 15.

Several paving projects will affect some campus areas in the coming weeks. All paving and maintenance schedules are tentative and subject to delay or extension depending on weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.

  • May 9-13, the southern side of Fourth Street between Second Avenue and University Medical Center and the Law School East surface lot will be closed for paving.
  • The Campus Drive Deck will be closed to apply weather coating and for annual deck maintenance May 9–June 6. Crimson Ride offices will remain during the project.

As a result of disaster recovery efforts, the Coleman Coliseum and North East Campus parking lots will be closed to commuters May 9-27. Students are asked to avoid these parking areas to enable relief workers to complete their tasks. Crimson Ride will not service Coleman Coliseum during this time period but will maintain normal service to the Campus Drive stop near the UA Student Recreation Center swimming pool. During this time, students with an active commuter permit may park in any commuter parking zone: North, West or Southeast. Parking deck access will still be based on your current permit zone designation.

ACADEMIC SCHEDULE
Interim session, summer sessions, orientation and the fall semester will begin as scheduled. All academic and support services are fully operational.

CAMPUS SERVICES
UA library patrons can renew books and materials online, rather than taking them to the library. Patrons should not be receiving due date notices or fine/fee notices at this time.

Gorgas Library will be open on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 8, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Normal hours for all libraries will resume on Monday, May 9, and the hours set for interim will be followed May 9-27. For more information, please visit http://www.lib.ua.edu/hours_interim.htm

Bama Dining hours for this week are as follows:  Lakeside Dining is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as usual. Starbucks in Ferguson Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Subway in Ferguson Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as of Tuesday, May 3.

All University Supply Store locations have resumed normal operations. Ferguson and Tutwiler SUPe Store locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, and are closed Saturday. The Law School SUPe Store location is open Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Bryant Museum SUPe Store location is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 6, through Sunday, May 8. Students can print a buyback quote and mail their books back to the SUPe Store. Textbook buybacks will need to be received by May 16. Rental textbooks will need to be received by June 3. More information is posted on the SUPe Store website at http://www.universitysupplystore.com.  

Students, faculty and staff who were injured in the April 27 storms or who are helping with the cleanup efforts are encouraged to update their tetanus immunizations. For more information, please call (205) 348-6262 for the Student Health Center or (205) 348-4696 for the Faculty-Staff Clinic.

GENERAL INFORMATION
UA employees may receive requests from local, state and federal agencies and contractors for relief assistance. Please tell these agencies and contractors to call (205) 348-1500.

To avoid high traffic volume, people coming into Tuscaloosa should take I-20/59 to I-359 to University Boulevard to reach the UA campus.

2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 5

Academic Schedule
Interim session, summer sessions, orientation and the fall semester will begin as scheduled. All academic and support services are fully operational.

Information on Giving/Volunteering
UA employees may now use payroll deduction to make contributions to the UA Acts of Kindness Fund. The UA Acts of Kindness Fund has been established to support an emergency-assistance program for UA employees and students. Employees who want to use payroll deduction can click here to access the new UA Acts of Kindness Fund Payroll Deduction Authorization Form. Contributions also are accepted online here: http://bit.ly/uaactsofkindness. More information on UA's tornado relief efforts may be found at http://www.ua.edu/tornadorelief/.

Starting Saturday, May 7, all volunteers working in the recovery areas must be credentialed. Credentialing will occur at the McAbee Center, 3801 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa. Hours are Saturday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteer groups can go through an accelerated volunteer approval process by emailing volunteer@givetuscaloosa.com at least 24 hours in advance of their arrival. All individuals must register through the volunteer reception center. For more information, please visit http://www.givetuscaloosa.com/.

For information about College of Education relief efforts, click here.

The UA Community Service Center has a number of volunteer opportunities available (listed below). For more information, please contact Barbara Grimes at (205) 348-2865 or bgrimes@sa.ua.edu.

  • City of Tuscaloosa volunteer hotline call center: through Friday, May 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shifts are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Alabama Disability Advocacy Network support hotline for Tuscaloosa: (attention nursing, social work and community health majors) Shifts are May 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tutwiler Hall: sort donations today between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Tuscaloosa's One Place, 867 Redmont Drive, Tuscaloosa: sort items for distribution and assist with other activities for the Alberta community
  • Holt High School: help move one of the distribution sites from one location to another Saturday, May 7 starting at 9 a.m. For more information, call 553-5360.
  • Compassion International: make phone calls this week from the Community Service Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • City of Tuscaloosa new warehouse for donations, 2505 Greensboro Ave.: Volunteers with credentials are needed each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • UA Greek Relief: help package and deliver meals as well as unloading and sorting donations at the DKE House May 5 and 6

Other volunteer opportunities include the following:

  • St. Mathias Episcopal Church, 2310 Skyland Blvd.: volunteer registration and assignment
  • Temporary Emergency Services, 15th Street: sort and distribute donations
  • Five Points Baptist Church, Northport (behind the Northport Civic Center): sort and distribute donations
  • Rosedale Baptist Church, 2424 28th St.: daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Samaritan's Purse, First Baptist Church downtown Tuscaloosa: volunteer orientation daily at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Campus Services
UA library patrons can renew books and materials online, rather than taking them to the library. Patrons should not be receiving due date notices or fine/fee notices at this time.

Gorgas Library will be open on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 8, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Normal hours for all libraries will resume on Monday, May 9, and the hours set for interim will be followed May 9-27. For more information, please visit http://www.lib.ua.edu/hours_interim.htm.

Bama Dining hours for this week are as follows: Lakeside Dining is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as usual. Starbucks in Ferguson Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Subway in Ferguson Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as of Tuesday, May 3.

All University Supply Store locations have resumed normal operations. Ferguson and Tutwiler SUPe Store locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday--Friday this week and are closed Saturday. The Law School SUPe Store location is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday—Friday this week and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Bryant Museum SUPe Store location is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday—Sunday, May 8. Students can print a buyback quote and mail their books back to the SUPe Store. Textbook buybacks will need to be received by May 16. Rental textbooks will need to be received by June 3. More information is posted on the SUPe Store website at http://www.universitysupplystore.com.

Students, faculty and staff who were injured in the April 27 storms or who are helping with the cleanup efforts are encouraged to update their tetanus immunizations. For more information, please call (205) 348-6262 for the Student Health Center or (205) 348-4696 for the Faculty-Staff Clinic.

General Information
UA employees may receive requests from local, state and federal agencies and contractors for relief assistance. Please tell these agencies and contractors to call (205) 348-1500.

To avoid high traffic volume, people coming into Tuscaloosa should take I-20/59 to I-359 to University Boulevard to reach the UA campus.

WHERE TO FIND ASSISTANCE
Human Resources
– The HR Service Center serves as a central point of contact for employees who have lost insurance cards, flexible spending account cards, recently filled medical prescriptions, glasses or contacts or who need information about insurance, obtaining a loan, or other human resources services. If you need help with any of these items, or you have any other benefits or payroll questions or concerns, contact the HR Service Center, located in G-69 Rose Administration Building, at (205) 348-7732 or hrsvctr@ua.edu. More detailed information also can be found at http://bama.ua.edu/~hr/benefits/DepartmentofHumanResources-DisasterRecovery.html.

Legal — The UA School of Law Clinics, in conjunction with the Alabama State Bar's Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association will begin offering free legal services on Thursday, May 5, for those affected by the recent tornado. The Legal Assistance Project will provide free legal services both on-site at local area aid centers and at the law clinic programs office at the UA School of Law. Law students and attorneys will be available on weekdays at the law school from 9 a.m. to noon and at local response centers from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Project will provide these services at Leland Shopping Center in Alberta City, at SOMA Church in Holt and at the Belk Activity Center at Bowers Park. For more information or to make an appointment at the clinic, please call (205) 348-4960. Walk-ins are welcome at all locations.

Housing — Students, faculty and staff who have housing needs may find information on properties with vacant apartments or houses at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Housing-for-Tornado-Victims/222338101113122?sk=wall.

Counseling — Whether you were directly or indirectly impacted, the stress associated with the April 27 storm can be overwhelming. If you or a member of your family needs help coping with the situation and want to speak with someone, the University's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to you. EAP can also meet collectively with employee groups. The EAP counseling services are confidential and are provided at no charge by licensed professional staff trained to work with individuals and families. The services are provided through the DCH Employee Assistance Program. Should you or a member of your family need assistance, please contact:

UA Employee Assistance Program
DCH Health System
201 Towncenter Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
Phone: (205) 759-7890
Toll-free: (866) 840-0750
Fax: (205) 759-7893
www.dchsystem.com/eap

Temporary Emergency Counseling Services, a coordinated effort of UA mental health professionals, is available to provide crisis counseling and mental health services to those affected by the recent tornado. These services are provided by volunteers at no charge for the following time period: May 3–6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and May 9–13 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Volunteers will answer and refer calls to the appropriate location. For more information, please call (205) 348-7960 or visit http://psychology.ua.edu.

Members of the UA community need to be aware of the signs of traumatic stress in people who witnessed the tornado and its aftermath, as well as those who were concerned for people who were directly involved, and as a result were frightened for their safety. For more information about signs of traumatic stress, go to http://www.counseling.ua.edu/traumahelp.cfm.

Beginning May 4 at 7 p.m. and every Wednesday until further notice, the UA Counseling Center will offer a free tornado support group for students. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at (205) 348-3863.

The Counseling Lab at Graves Hall will be offering free disaster/crisis counseling and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Friday. For more information, please call (205) 348-1193 or send an email to kcarmich@bamaed.ua.edu.

4:25 p.m., Wednesday, May 4

News coverage related to the April 27 tornado: UA in the News: April 27 - May 4, 2011.

3:35 p.m., Wednesday, May 4

Academic Schedule
Interim session, summer sessions, orientation and the fall semester will begin as scheduled. All academic and support services are fully operational.

Information on Giving/Volunteering
UA employees may now use payroll deduction to make contributions to the UA Acts of Kindness Fund. The UA Acts of Kindness Fund has been established to support an emergency-assistance program for UA employees and students. Employees who want to use payroll deduction can click here to access the new UA Acts of Kindness Fund Payroll Deduction Authorization Form. Contributions also are accepted online here: http://bit.ly/uaactsofkindness. More information on UA’s tornado relief efforts may be found at http://www.ua.edu/tornadorelief/.

In the coming days, volunteers will be required to have credentials in order to access the affected areas. This will allow volunteer resources to be adequately and efficiently dispersed based on need. To register to volunteer as an individual or for a church or agency, call (205) 248-5045.

For information about College of Education relief efforts, click here.

Campus Services
Bama Dining hours for this week are as follows:  Lakeside Dining is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as usual. Starbucks in Ferguson Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Subway in Ferguson Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as of Tuesday, May 3.

All University Supply Store locations have resumed normal operations. Ferguson and Tutwiler SUPe Store locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday this week and are closed Saturday. The Law School SUPe Store location is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday–Friday this week and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Bryant Museum SUPe Store location is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday–Sunday.  Students can print a buyback quote and mail their books back to the SUPe Store. Textbook buybacks will need to be received by May 16. Rental textbooks will need to be received by June 3. More information is posted on the SUPe Store website at http://www.universitysupplystore.com/.

Students, faculty and staff who were injured in the April 27 storms or who are helping with the cleanup efforts are encouraged to update their tetanus immunizations. For more information, please call 348-6262 for the Student Health Center or 348-4696 for the Faculty-Staff Clinic.

Gorgas Library will be open on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 8, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Normal hours for all libraries will resume on Monday, May 9, and the hours set for interim will be followed May 9-27. For more information, please visit http://www.lib.ua.edu/hours_interim.htm.

General Information
A moment of silence will be observed Wednesday, May 4, from 5:13-5:14 p.m. in remembrance of the lives lost in last week’s tornado.

UA employees may receive requests from local, state and federal agencies and contractors for relief assistance. Please tell these agencies and contractors to call (205) 348-1500.

To avoid high traffic volume, people coming into Tuscaloosa should take I-20/59 to I-359 to University Boulevard to reach the UA campus.

Where to Find Assistance
Human Resources – The HR Service Center serves as a central point of contact for employees who have lost insurance cards, flexible spending account cards, recently filled medical prescriptions, glasses or contacts or who need information about insurance, obtaining a loan, or other human resources services. If you need help with any of these items, or you have any other benefits or payroll questions or concerns, contact the HR Service Center, located in G-69 Rose Administration Building, at (205) 348-7732 or hrsvctr@ua.edu. More detailed information also can be found at http://bama.ua.edu/~hr/benefits/DepartmentofHumanResources-DisasterRecovery.html.

Legal — The UA School of Law Clinical Programs, in conjunction with the Alabama State Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association will begin offering free legal services on Thursday, May 5, for those affected by the recent tornado. The Legal Assistance Project will provide free legal services both on-site at local area aid centers and at the law clinic programs office at the UA School of Law.  Law students and attorneys will be available on weekdays at the law school in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon and at local response centers from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The Project will provide these services at Leland Shopping Center in Alberta City, at SOMA Church in Holt and at the Belk Activity Center at Bowers Park. For more information or to make an appointment at the clinic, please call 348-4960. Walk-ins are welcome at all locations.

Housing — Students, faculty and staff who have housing needs may find information on properties with vacant apartments or houses at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Housing-for-Tornado-Victims/222338101113122?sk=wall.

Counseling — Whether you were directly or indirectly impacted, the stress associated with the April 27 storm can be overwhelming. If you or a member of your family needs help coping with the situation and want to speak with someone, the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to you. EAP can also meet collectively with employee groups. The EAP counseling services are confidential and are provided at no charge by licensed professional staff trained to work with individuals and families. The services are provided through the DCH Employee Assistance Program. Should you or a member of your family need assistance, please contact:

UA Employee Assistance Program
201 Towncenter Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
Phone: 205-759-7890
Toll-free: 866-840-0750
Fax: 205-759-7893
www.dchsystem.com/eap

Temporary Emergency Counseling Services, a coordinated effort of UA mental health professionals, is available to provide crisis counseling and mental health services to those affected by the recent tornado.  These services are provided by volunteers at no charge for the following time period:May 3–6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and May 9–13 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Volunteers will answer and refer calls to the appropriate location. For more information, please call 348-7960 or visit http://psychology.ua.edu/.
Members of the UA community need to be aware of the signs of traumatic stress in people who witnessed the tornado and its aftermath, as well as those who were concerned for people who were directly involved, and as a result were frightened for their safety. For more information about signs of traumatic stress, go to http://www.counseling.ua.edu/traumahelp.cfm.  

Beginning May 4 at 7 p.m. and every Wednesday until further notice, the UA Counseling Center will offer a free tornado support group for students. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at (205) 348-3863.

The Counseling Lab at Graves Hall will be offering free disaster/crisis counseling and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Friday. For more information, please call (205) 348-1193 or send an email to kcarmich@bamaed.ua.edu.

4:35 p.m., Tuesday, May 3

Academic Schedule
Interim session, summer sessions, orientation and the fall semester will begin as scheduled. All academic and support services are fully operational.

Information on Giving/Volunteering
The UA Acts of Kindness Fund has been established to support an emergency-assistance program for UA employees and students. Anyone who is interested in contributing to the UA Acts of Kindness Fund may donate online here: http://bit.ly/uaactsofkindness. More information on UA’s tornado relief efforts may be found at http://www.ua.edu/tornadorelief/.

In the coming days, volunteers will be required to have credentials in order to access the affected areas. This will allow volunteer resources to be adequately and efficiently dispersed based on need. To register to volunteer as an individual or for a church or agency, call (205) 248-5045.

Campus Services
Bama Dining hours for this week are as follows:  Lakeside Dining is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as usual. Starbucks in Ferguson Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Subway in Ferguson Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as of Tuesday, May 3.

All University Supply Store locations have resumed normal operations. Ferguson and Tutwiler SUPeStore locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday this week and are closed Saturday. The Law School SUPeStore location is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday–Friday this week and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Bryant Museum SUPeStore location is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday–Sunday.  Students can print a buyback quote and mail their books back to the SUPeStore. Textbook buybacks will need to be received by May 16. Rental textbooks will need to be received by June 3. More information is posted on the SUPeStore website at http://www.universitysupplystore.com/.

Students, faculty and staff who were injured in the April 27 storms or who are helping with the cleanup efforts are encouraged to update their tetanus immunizations. For more information, please call 348-6262 for the Student Health Center or 348-4696 for the Faculty-Staff Clinic.

General Information
A moment of silence will be observed Wednesday, May 4, from 5:13-5:14 p.m. in remembrance of the lives lost in last week’s tornado.

UA employees may receive requests from local, state and federal agencies and contractors for relief assistance. Please tell these agencies and contractors to call (205) 348-1500.

To avoid high traffic volume, people coming into Tuscaloosa should take I-20/59 to I-359 to University Boulevard to reach the UA campus.

Where to Find Assistance
Housing — Students, faculty and staff who have housing needs may find information on properties with vacant apartments or houses at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Housing-for-Tornado-Victims/222338101113122?sk=wall.

Counseling — Whether you were directly or indirectly impacted, the stress associated with the April 27 storm can be overwhelming. If you or a member of your family needs help coping with the situation and want to speak with someone, the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to you. EAP can also meet collectively with employee groups. The EAP counseling services are confidential and are provided at no charge by licensed professional staff trained to work with individuals and families. The services are provided through the DCH Employee Assistance Program. Should you or a member of your family need assistance, please contact:

DCH Employee Assistance Program
201 Towncenter Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
Phone: 205-759-7890
Toll-free: 866-840-0750
Fax: 205-759-7893
www.dchsystem.com/eap

Temporary Emergency Counseling Services, a coordinated effort of UA mental health professionals, is available to provide crisis counseling and mental health services to those affected by the recent tornado.  These services are provided by volunteers at no charge for the following time period:May 3–6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and May 9–13 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Volunteers will answer and refer calls to the appropriate location.For more information, please call 348-7960 or visit http://psychology.ua.edu/.

Members of the UA community need to be aware of the signs of traumatic stress in people who witnessed the tornado and its aftermath, as well as those who were concerned for people who were directly involved, and as a result were frightened for their safety. For more information on signs of traumatic stress, go to http://www.counseling.ua.edu/traumahelp.cfm

Beginning May 4 at 7 p.m. and every Wednesday until further notice, the UA Counseling Center will offer a free tornado support group for students. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at (205) 348-3863.

The Counseling Lab at Graves Hall will be offering free disaster/crisis counseling and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Friday. For more information, please call (205) 348-1193 or send an email to kcarmich@bamaed.ua.edu.

2:30 p.m., Monday, May 2

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the students who lost their lives in the storm. These students were members of the Alabama family and they will be greatly missed.

Brandon S. Atterton
Major: Economics, Finance and Legal Studies
Hometown: Bryant, Alabama

Danielle M. Downs
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Decatur, Alabama

Ashley T. Harrison
Major: Economics, Finance and Legal Studies
Hometown: Dallas, Texas 

Melanie N. Mixon
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Mulga, Alabama

Morgan M. Sigler
Major: Art and Art History
Hometown: Bryant, Alabama 

Marcus J. Smith
Major: Management Information Systems
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

11:43 a.m., Monday, May 2

As The University of Alabama resumes normal operations, we continue to care for our students who remain on campus, as well as our off-campus students, faculty and staff who were impacted by the storm. Our residence halls, dining halls, academic services and support facilities are operating at maximum capacity as we prepare for the arrival of thousands of UA students who are enrolled for the Interim and summer school sessions; several thousand incoming UA freshmen and their parents who are attending summer orientation sessions in preparation for fall enrollment; off-campus students whose housing was damaged in the storm; and K-12 students from all over the state and region who are attending summer youth programs on our campus.

UA continues to provide substantial support, time and resources for the recovery efforts of Tuscaloosa city and county. We are housing first responders and utility crews on campus; UAPD is working side-by-side with city and county law enforcement and emergency management agencies; we are providing staging areas for equipment and supplies needed in the recovery, as well as campus expertise and resources in a variety of initiatives and efforts vital to the recovery process; and we are coordinating campus and alumni relief efforts and volunteers for the impacted areas.

The outpouring of gifts, time and needed supplies from UA students, faculty and staff, and alumni is overwhelming – but not a bit surprising. An outstanding example of these relief efforts is the UA Greek Relief Fund. Under the leadership of former SGA president James Fowler and the Delta Kappa Epsilon, our Greek organizations have prepared and distributed more than 8,000 hot meals, thousands of canned food items, clothing, medical supplies, baby supplies, clothing and toiletries to the impacted areas. Their compassion and generosity are shining examples of the spirit of The Alabama Family.

We greatly appreciate the support the Tuscaloosa community has received from friends and colleagues at universities across the nation. At the end of the day, we are a community united in service to our students, our faculty and staff, our friends and neighbors.

4:52 p.m., Sunday, May 1

The University will resume normal business operations on Monday, May 2.  Classes and exams are cancelled as previously announced.

Individuals and organizations who want to participate in the relief effort should contact the city’s volunteer hotline at 248-5045.

Lakeside will continue to operate as the main student dining hall. On Monday, lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Ferguson Center Starbucks will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.

There is a chance for severe thunderstorms on Monday for Walker, Marion and Fayette counties, but the threat is less for the Tuscaloosa area.  Tornadoes are not expected at this time.  There is a chance that Tuscaloosa will experience some thunderstorms beginning Monday afternoon. Rain is expected all day Tuesday along I-20 north and west of I-65. Clear weather is predicted for Wednesday through Friday.

The Emergency Call Center will conclude operations on Sunday at 3 p.m. If you have an emergency, call (205) 348-5454.

Paychecks for students who work on campus will be paid as scheduled on Friday, May 6.

The City of Tuscaloosa has launched a website for those who are searching for missing citizens after the recent tornado disaster. This site allows people to enter information about missing individuals and will be used by the city in their search for people who are unaccounted for. This resource can be accessed on the City of Tuscaloosa web site at http://www.ci.tuscaloosa.al.us/.

If your off-campus apartment was damaged during the storm and you have housing needs, please call Housing & Residential Communities at (205) 348-7559 for assistance.

UA encourages those who wish to help to donate blood at any American Red Cross location. This is one of the most important actions we can take to help those affected in the Tuscaloosa area.

The UA Acts of Kindness Fund has been established to support an emergency-assistance program for UA employees and students. Anyone who is interested in contributing to the UA Acts of Kindness Fund may donate online here: http://bit.ly/uaactsofkindness.  More information on UA's tornado relief efforts may be found at http://www.ua.edu/tornadorelief/.

4:28 p.m., Saturday, April 30

UA's emergency call center (348-1001 or 877-408-1001) will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

2:56 p.m., Saturday, April 30

UA Students Contribute to Tornado Relief Efforts

In the days following the devastating storm of April 27, members of the UA community have reached out and contributed in countless ways to assist the Tuscaloosa community and help with relief and recovery efforts. The following photos show students from Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity collecting donations, preparing food and delivering goods for use in Tuscaloosa's recovery effort. (Photos by Sam Hernandez)

For information on how you can contribute to relief efforts, please visit http://www.ua.edu/tornadorelief/.

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2:40 p.m., Saturday, April 30

The City of Tuscaloosa has launched a website for those who are searching for missing citizens after the recent tornado disaster. This site allows people to enter information about missing individuals and will be used by the city in their search for people who are unaccounted for. This resource can be accessed on the City of Tuscaloosa web site at http://www.ci.tuscaloosa.al.us/.

12:42 p.m., Saturday, April 30

The University of Alabama will return to normal business operations on Monday, May 2nd. Employees whose normal work schedule includes weekends should talk to their supervisors for further instructions. Spring classes, final exams and commencement are still cancelled or postponed as previously announced.

Interim, summer and fall classes will begin as scheduled.  All summer youth programs will begin as scheduled.

If your off-campus apartment was damaged during the storm and you have housing needs, please call Housing & Residential Communities at (205) 348-7559 for assistance.

Lakeside Dining is open today from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Students and parents who have questions may call UA's emergency call center at 348-1001 or 877-408-1001. Hours on Saturday will be 10 am to 3 pm. Please continue to monitor http://www.ua.edu for the latest information.

UA encourages those who wish to help to donate blood at any American Red Cross location. This is one of the most important actions we can take to help those affected in the Tuscaloosa area.

The UA Acts of Kindness Fund has been established to support an emergency-assistance program for UA employees and students. Anyone who is interested in contributing to the UA Acts of Kindness Fund may donate online here: http://bit.ly/uaactsofkindness.  More information on UA's tornado relief efforts may be found at http://www.ua.edu/tornadorelief/.

For the latest information on ways you can assist with and contribute to recovery efforts, please visit the United Way of West Alabama's tornado relief resource page at http://www.uwwa.org/news.

5:20 p.m., Friday, April 29

Power has now been mostly restored to the UA campus. As a result, the University will return to normal business operations on Monday. Employees whose normal work schedule includes weekends should talk to their supervisors for further instructions.

As a result of storm damage to water distribution infrastructure in east Tuscaloosa, water pressure has been reduced to a level below that which is required to assure water quality. For this reason, the City of Tuscaloosa is asking all residents who live east of McFarland Boulevard and south of the Black Warrior River to boil water before its use.

The City of Tuscaloosa has issued a curfew for affected areas from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Friday, April 29th, and from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. going forward. We ask all members of the UA community to comply with this curfew.

Shuttles to the Birmingham airport have begun for any students needing transportation to fly home. More information is available by calling 348-RIDE.

Because of the number of injuries, please consider donating blood.  You can donate blood at any American Red Cross location. This is one of the most important actions we can take to help those affected in the Tuscaloosa area.

Members of the UA community who would like to offer assistance may continue to sign up to volunteer at St. Matthias Church at 2310 Skyland Blvd. Those who desire to contribute to community relief efforts may also contact the local chapters of the American Red Cross and the United Way.

The UA Acts of Kindness Fund has been established to support an emergency-assistance program for UA employees and students. Anyone who is interested in contributing to the UA Acts of Kindness Fund may donate online here.

Students and parents who have questions may call UA's emergency call center at 348-1001 or 877-408-1001. Hours on Saturday will be 10 am to 3 pm. Continue to monitor http://www.ua.edu for the latest information.

4:42 p.m., Friday, April 29

In the days following the recent tornado, we have received numerous calls and messages offering to help UA and the Tuscaloosa community. We are humbled by your generosity and appreciative of the thoughts and well wishes we have received from so many. Visit http://www.ua.edu/tornadorelief for information on the most effective ways to help during this challenging time. Thank you.

3:08 p.m., Friday, April 29

Statement from Dr. Robert Witt, President

To the UA Family:

The University of Alabama expresses its deepest sympathies to those in the Tuscaloosa community who have lost loved ones.  We especially mourn the loss of members of the UA family.  We recognize and appreciate the efforts of the first responders and everyone who has worked so tirelessly to provide aid and assistance to those impacted by the storm. The University will continue to partner with the city and county of Tuscaloosa, as we work together to meet the immediate needs of our students, faculty and staff, as well as our friends and neighbors in the community.

I encourage you to continue to reach out to your colleagues and co-workers who have suffered damage from the storm. Your generosity and acts of kindness are so typical of the UA spirit, and I am proud of the way you have responded to this crisis situation. We will continue to move forward as a family.

Many of you have asked for additional ways you can help. Contributions to the UA Acts of Kindness Fund will be used to help UA students, faculty and staff who need assistance as a result of storm damage.  The University will continue to provide resources as additional needs become known. 

Please know that Sandee and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Robert Witt

4:45 p.m., Thursday, April 28

The University encourages all students who can safely return home to do so. If you are preparing to leave campus, please refer to the Alabama Department of Transportation's emergency road closures web site to plan the safest route to your destination: http://aldotgis.dot.state.al.us/RoadClosures/Default.aspx. Information about airport shuttles is available by calling 348-RIDE.

Residence halls will close for the semester as scheduled on May 7. Students whose homes have been damaged can go to the Rec Center for immediate housing. This is only for students whose homes have been damaged, not for those whose electricity is out. Call 348-RIDE and Crimson Ride will pick up the students and take them to the Rec Center.

Power outages continue to be widespread across campus, and Mayor Maddox has requested that water use be restricted as much as possible.

The football season ticket renewal deadline for faculty and staff and TIDE PRIDE has been extended to Friday, May 6.

For students planning to attend summer school, there will be an extension to the deadline to confirm their schedules. More information will be provided by e-mail on Monday.

Paychecks for monthly employees will be deposited as scheduled.

Students and parents who have questions may call UA's emergency call center at 348-1001 or 877-408-1001. Continue to monitor http://www.ua.edu for the latest information.

2:45 p.m., Thursday, April 28

For the latest answers to the most common questions about UA's status, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

1:57 p.m., Thursday, April 28

If you are preparing to leave campus, please refer to the Alabama Department of Transportation's emergency road closures web site to plan the safest route to your destination: http://aldotgis.dot.state.al.us/RoadClosures/Default.aspx

1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 28

Normal operations are suspended as recovery efforts continue. The University will not conduct final exams next week as scheduled.

Students will have the option of accepting their existing grades as of April 27, 2011, or they can take a final exam at a later date. For those students who request to take a final exam, faculty will have the option of scheduling the final exam on site when normal operations resume or via distance education means.

This schedule change includes all enrolled students except those in the School of Law and School of Medicine. Their academic calendars vary and they should be in touch with their faculty for confirmation of their exam schedule.

Faculty should communicate with their students via e-learning or their normal means as facilities are restored. Students should know that not all faculty will have communication capabilities immediately.

Commencement exercises scheduled for May 7, 2011, have been rescheduled for Aug. 6, 2011, when May and August graduates will be recognized.

These steps are being taken to allow students impacted by the storms to return to their homes while recovery efforts continue in the Tuscaloosa area.

These changes are in keeping with academic guidelines that are part of the emergency operations and recovery plans for the campus.

12:41 p.m., Thursday, April 28

Mayor Maddox has requested that water use be restricted as much as possible city-wide, not just in east Tuscaloosa. The VA and Crescent Ridge water tanks have lost operational capacity.

10:28 a.m., Thursday, April 28

The University of Alabama has cancelled classes and suspended normal operations through Friday, April 29th.

The Student Recreation Center is available to students whose off-campus residences are damaged. Housing & Residential Life will be available at the Recreation Center to assist students with temporary housing needs. Counseling services will also be available.

Because of the power outages, Lakeside Dining is the only dining facility that will be open on campus today, starting at 10:30 a.m. Lines will be long, so please be patient.

Essential personnel should report to work as directed by their supervisors. Any UA employee who has experienced personal hardships as a result of the tornado should notify their supervisors.

Please stay away from community areas that have experienced damage. If you must travel in Tuscaloosa, please be extremely careful. Obey all commands of law enforcement.

Members of the UA community who would like to offer assistance to the community may sign up to volunteer at St. Matthias Church starting at noon today. St. Matthias Church is located at 2310 Skyland Blvd. The recommended route to reach the church is I-359.

Students and parents who have questions may call UA's emergency call center at 348-1001 or 877-408-1001. Continue to monitor this website for the latest information.

10:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

The Tornado Watch for Tuscaloosa has now expired.

9:22 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

The University of Alabama has cancelled classes and suspended normal operations for Thursday, April 28th. Essential personnel should report to work as directed by their supervisors. Any UA employee who has experienced personal hardships as a result of the tornado should notify their supervisors.

8:53 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

A Frequently Asked Questions page has been established to answer common questions about UA's status.

8:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

Lakeside Dining is closing at 9:00 p.m. All Bama Dining facilities are expected to open tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

8:03 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

Students and parents who have questions may call UA's emergency call center at 348-1001 or 877-408-1001. Continue to monitor this website for the latest information.

6:58 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

While no structural damage has been reported on the UA campus, power outages are widespread. Areas of the community where many of our off-campus students live have been impacted.

The Student Recreation Center is available to students whose off-campus residences are damaged. Counseling services will also be available.

Because of the power outages, Lakeside Dining is the only dining facility open on campus. Lines will be long, so please be patient.

Please stay away from community areas that have experienced damage. If you must travel in Tuscaloosa, please be extremely careful. Obey all commands of law enforcement.

A Crimson Ride bus will be available to transport students in the impacted areas to the Student Recreation Center. Please call 348-RIDE.

5:58 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

The tornado warning for The University of Alabama has expired. When additional information is available, it will be posted on http://www.ua.edu.

4:50 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

The tornado warning for UA has been extended until 5:45 p.m.

4:35 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

The tornado warning for UA has been extended until 5:30 p.m.

4:25 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

The Tuscaloosa area, including The University of Alabama, is under a tornado warning until 4:45. Additional warnings are possible for the rest of the evening. Classes and normal activities are cancelled for the remainder of afternoon and evening. If you decide, based on your personal situation, that you want or need to leave campus now, please be aware of weather conditions along your travel route. You may also continue to shelter in place on campus.

3:43 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

The University of Alabama is under a tornado warning until 4:45 p.m.  Classes are suspended until the warning is over.  Tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail and damaging winds are possible.  Immediately move to the lowest level of the nearest building until you are notified that the warning is over. Also, please be familiar with UA's severe weather guidelines and stay tuned to local weather sources as long as the potential for severe weather lasts.

2:59 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

The University of Alabama is included in a tornado watch until 10:00 p.m.

10:35 a.m., Wednesday, April 27

The National Weather Service has predicted severe weather beginning about noon today for most of central Alabama, including The University of Alabama. Thunderstorms, hail and damaging winds are possible, and tornadoes may develop without warning.

Since severe weather can develop quickly, please be prepared to immediately move to safety if severe weather occurs. Please be familiar with UA's severe weather guidelines and stay tuned to local weather sources as long as the potential for severe weather lasts.

If a tornado warning is issued for the University area, students, faculty and staff will be notified using the methods listed below. Please note: Technology allows the weather service to be more accurate in identifying geographic areas to be included in a tornado warning. If you receive notification of a tornado warning through any of these methods, move to safety immediately.

UA issues tornado warnings using the following methods: UA Alerts, UA Home page alert, PA system, Media alerts to local radio and TV stations, Weather siren.

If a tornado warning is issued immediately move to the lowest level of the nearest building until you are notified that the warning is over.

Faculty members are asked to work with students who cannot travel safely to class today. The University strongly encourages each person to monitor weather updates from the National Weather Service and local media sources and make good decisions about their travel plans.