President Barack Obama said that he and First Lady Michelle wanted to express their deepest condolences to families in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the other states hit by tornadoes earlier this week. "I've never seen devastation like this," the President told reporters as captured in CNN video, and he also assured citizens that he will get the maximum federal help to the ravaged states as soon as possible so the people can rebuild.
A few nights ago, I sat mesmerized by the video of the monstrous twister ripping up homes, trees, and public buildings. I have relatives in Alabama, but they are not on the side of the state that was hit. I don't want to imagine the terror one would feel taking shelter from a tornado and can only relate the grief to loss felt in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina here in New Orleans. I didn't liven here at the time, but my parents' home was under six feet of water. It's restored, but to this day many of my friends and family are scattered, no longer residents of the city.
The tornadoes death toll surpasses 300 deaths to date across seven states, reports ABC. I think I'll check on what the UMC is doing to help and what it needs to fulfill its goals.