We received this from the Alabama Grocers Association. The Shelby Publishing family sends our prayers to all of those who were affected by the severe storms across the south this week.
Our hearts and prayers goes out to everyone across the state that has received damage and has lost friends and loved ones during the devastating day yesterday.
We would like to take an assessment of the damage our members across the state have received. If you would take just a minute and let us know what type of damage any of your locations have received, we would greatly appreciate it! If you need any type of help that another member can provide, please let us know that as well and we will pass along your needs to the membership.
In the meantime, if there is anything our office can do for you, please let us know!
Again, our prayers are with all of you today!
For more information please visit the AGA website.
Edit: The AGA has sent out additional information as a follow up.
Yesterday we had a tremendous response concerning the devastation of the state in the aftermath of Wednesday’s storms. We have some follow up information to yesterday’s email that we would like to pass along to our members.
We have received numerous phone calls and emails about companies wanting to help by donating product or help with hauling product to the disaster areas. We have been working with the EMA and the Red Cross and they are appreciative of the assistance our members are willing to provide. Due to the vast area of devastation the Red Cross has asked that our members email me directly at [email protected] exactly what you have to donate and the quantity of product along with a contact name and number. I will get this information to the Red Cross and they will be in contact you as soon as possible. This way they can assess the best location for your donation and/or assistance and get your items to the most needed areas. Anything you can do or donate, I am sure will be appreciated.
Retailers, We have been notified by the Food Assistance Division that they will be issuing SNAP benefits for clients in the 27 hardest hit counties on May 1st instead of their normal issuance date of the 4th through the 18th of the month. Those counties are:
Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa and Walker.
Also, Alabama has been declared as a state of emergency. There are incentives that you may be eligible for. Here is a link for your information on this:www.fema.gov
If you need assistance you can contact your location EMA. For contact information please click here: ema.alabama.gov
If the Association Office can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to give us a call. 800-844-2391