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Pickens County Tornado Recovery

Official  Information Hosted for Pickens County EMA

On February 2, 2016 an EF2 tornado swept through areas of Pickens County, Alabama. While there thankfully were no fatalities or serious injuries, the damage to homes suffered by the community was significant. Many homes were a total loss or were left uninhabitable; the majority of households displaced did not have insurance. The community and helpful neighbors are working diligently to rebuild after this devastating storm. Rebuilding will truly be a whole community effort.

While most home damage was suffered in the Sapps Community located southwest of Carrollton and north of Aliceville, there were other structures damaged between McMullen and Reform.

Please note: the Pickens County Unmet Needs Committee now has a Facebook page. This Facebook page will be the official source for all information on continuing recovery in Pickens County. Visit the page by clicking here


Pickens County EMA: 205-367-2009

Pickens County Unmet Needs Committee: 205-367-1283


I need assistance due to the storm, where can I get help?

If you need assistance please contact the Pickens County Unmet Needs Committee at 205-367-1283.

For the Red Cross, call the Chapter Office in Tuscaloosa 205-758-3608.

How can I donate funds to help?

  • The Pickens County Disaster Relief Fund has been established at West Alabama Bank and Trust. Donors can visit any WAB&T bank and contribute OR can mail checks made in the fund name to: Pickens County Community Action, P.O. Box 348, Carrollton, AL 35447

Alongside Pickens County government, churches, community services, donors, and volunteers, other organizations have been helping  from elsewhere, who are they?

This isn’t a complete list but these are some of the entities that have donated or assisted in some way: Red Cross, Salvation Army, Compassion Coalition, UMCOR, Baptist Disaster Relief, 7th Day Adventist Disaster Services, Menonite Brethren, Catholic Social Services, High Socks for Hope, Bailey’s Tabernacle CME, Pickens County Community Action, City of Tuscaloosa Environmental Services and DOT, Tuscaloosa County Public Works / EMA / Sheriff’s Office,  City of Northport Public Works, Piggly Wiggly, Southfresh Farms, Archibald’s BBQ, Popeyes, Jack’s, Northport Police Department, United Way, Alabama EMA, Community Services of West Alabama, West Alabama Food Bank, Maude Whatley Health Services, Lions Club International, Warrior Roofing, American Christian Academy, several building contractors and a lot of individual volunteers!

Tornado Information:

Path of Travel

Forecast Accuracy – this shows the actual path in red against the Storm Prediction Center models up to 6 days before the event.


Aerial View of Sapps Community Damage: