The campus of Southern Adventist University was virtually unharmed during the tornados on April 27. Several trees fell, but only one caused damage when it toppled on an unoccupied car.
The surrounding area took a heavier hit. Homes on Pennywood, Edgmon, and other roads near the school were severely damaged. Parts of the small towns McDonald and Apison, about 6 miles from campus, experienced even more widespread destruction from tornado winds that raced up to 190 mph. Many houses were harmed or destroyed, including the homes of eight Southern faculty and staff.
Other faculty and staff, along with students, have mobilized to help area tornado victims by cleaning up debris, distributing food, donating blood, offering counseling, and providing temporary housing.
In addition, FEMA has set up headquarters at the Hulsey Wellness Center on 4870 University Drive to provide disaster assistance to community members. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week.
To learn how you may be able to assist, contact 423.236.2205.
The following photo from Hamilton County Emergency Management shows Judy Sloan, professor in the School of PE, Health and Wellness, handing out food.
The following photos by Marcus Sheffield, professor in the English department, show volunteers from Southern assisting with recovery efforts.
The following photo by Daniel Anez shows Southern staff building temporary sheds for tornado victims to store their undamaged goods.
The following photos by Leo Macias, senior mass communication major, show some of the devastation in Apison, about six miles from Southern Adventist University.