Lee County taking next steps toward tornado recovery


SMITH STATION, Ala. (WIAT) — As Lee County continues to recover from the deadly tornado that struck the area Sunday, emergency leaders are opening another volunteer reception center this morning for those looking to help with the efforts.

Smiths Station Baptist Church, located at 2460 Lee Road 430 in Smiths Station, will serve as that center. Leaders are asking that anyone interested in volunteering report there so they can be deployed to areas in need of assistance. 

“There’s a process we’ll put the people through,” Lee County Emergency Management Agency director Kathy Carson said. “We’ll give them some safety briefings and some personal protective gear, and we will take care of getting them to the sites.”

The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each following day. You can donate clothing, cleaning supplies, infant care items and canned goods there. EMA leaders say the Providence Baptist Church in Beauregard, which also is serving as a volunteer reception center, no longer has room for donations.

Meanwhile, multiple agencies are involved in the recovery efforts. State EMA leaders say a FEMA regional administrator will be in town Wednesday or Thursday to check out the operations. A FEMA incident management team already is at the state Emergency Operations Center in Clanton working on a strategic plan for recovery.

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