PRICEVILLE, Ala. — After Monday night's deadly tornado in Fultondale, churches in the Valley are getting ready to lend a hand-- and some much-needed equipment. Our team spent the day in Morgan County to hear how the ‘Project Unify’ response team is preparing.
Four Churches of Christ in Morgan County are always ready to answer the call when destructive storms leave people in need. After a deadly tornado ripped through Fultondale, Monday night, the church teams are ready to respond.
We met with Minister Erick Chaney of the Priceville Church of Christ. He says, “Our plan is to head out first thing tomorrow.”
Monday night’s tornado devastated parts of Jefferson County, hitting hardest in Fultondale. The tornado killing one 14 year old boy, and injuring dozens.
The storm leaves behind a community struggling to comprehend the damage. The churches started preparing early to be able to help people as soon as possible. Chaney says, “As soon as we think it may be a possibility of severe weather, we get the team together… The Flint Church of Christ, The Hartselle Church of Christ, the Priceville Church of Christ, and the Decatur Church of Christ. We’re all a part of this effort. It’s called `Project Unify.’”
With some roads still blocked off and responders trying to account for any missing persons, Minister Erick Chaney says the team has to take that into consideration before deciding when to arrive. He adds, “We want to make sure they get in there and get their jobs, so we’re not in their way. But, as soon as we get the clear, we try to be there to help as well.”
The "Project Unify" team is not coming empty handed. They’re bringing supplies-- things they’ve learned through experience are absolutely necessary after natural disasters.
And you can help give supplies that'll go directly to victims of the tornado.
Minister Chaney says, “We need those nonperishable items, canned goods, if you can find them. We need the roofing nails, the tarps, those kinds of items are always helpful-- we can never have to much of those. And of course you can pray for us, pray for this effort.”
You can drop off supply donations at any of the four churches or give online.
Connect with the Decatur Church of Christ for more information on how to give a financial donation.