Nearly 40 tornadoes have been confirmed from last week’s outbreak across the Southeast. The hardest-hit area was Lee County, Alabama, where many fatalities occurred. A group of volunteers for the SCN disaster relief recently returned from helping with the cleanup and rebuilding efforts.

Over the course of 6 hours, a total of 39 tornadoes touched down across portions of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. The strongest of these was an EF4 tornado that devastated rural communities from Beauregard, Alabama to Talbotton, Georgia, killing 23 people and injuring 97 others.

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have a long tradition of responding in times of disaster. Historically Sisters have responded to flooding in Louisville, the yellow fever epidemic, monsoons in India, a hurricane in Belize, and an earthquake in Nepal. Continuing in this spirit, the SCN disaster relief program has deployed to offer spiritual and physical support. Sisters and volunteers respond in the same spirit of Vincent de Paul with reverence for each person and witness to God’s presence in the midst of adversity. The disaster relief program provides an opportunity to put faith into action.