Storms could have just as well happened here

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 8, 2007

Many of us watched the skies with caution for much of the day last Thursday, sitting under tornado watches and warnings as the wind swirled and the rain poured.

So we know that the devastation that happened in Enterprise and Millers Ferry last week could have just as easily struck Greenville. Mother Nature does not discriminate.

Our hearts go out to the parents, teachers, family and friends of those students killed in Enterprise, where a tornado ripped through the high school, knocking down walls and tossing cars as if they were toys. Dozens of students were injured, and eight were killed.

It’s easy to feel helpless as we watch what happened on the news. But there are things we can do.

You can give blood.

Because of the storms all day Thursday, several American Red Cross blood drives had to be cancelled. The Red Cross is urging people to donate at a March blood drive or at one of the 16 donor centers across the state.

You can visit the Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Region Web site at to find a blood drive listing. To schedule an appointment, to learn more about blood donation or to find a blood drive, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit

Others looking to help can call the Governor’s Volunteer and Donations Information Line at 1-877-273-5018 or visit

As our Alabama neighbors remain in our prayers, we urge folks who want to help to do what they can. It could have happened here. – Brewton Standard