Thursday, April 12 2012 4:09 PM EDT2012-04-12 20:09:27 GMT
Students at the University of Alabama hunkered down as a massive, mile-wide tornado came within a mile of the campus that houses thousands of people. It became the site of terror many of them had never experienced before.More >>
The spring of 2011 is shaping up to be a record-breaking season for weather fatalities. At 45, the number of people who have died from April storms now matches the total number of weather fatalities in 2010.More >>
Now that many of the victims have moved on from that day, she says it's time for her to move on, too.
Bullion will be shutting the page down in the next few weeks because she says pictures are no longer being claimed. She also says a lot of her emails have bounced back and that she's no longer able to get in touch with many of the people who have posted pictures.
"Somebody asked 'Why not leave it up?' I don't feel like it should be left up forever. These people's lives don't need to be forever displayed as a tornado victim," she said.
"I just feel like, for privacy reasons and to let people move on, those pictures don't need to stay out there forever. I wouldn't want something of mine out there for forever."
The page returned more than 2,000 pictures to their owners or, sometimes, family members of people who died in the tornado outbreak.
Bullion found and re-united the family of Maxine Chism with a picture of her and her late husband that hung in a frame on the wall of her home. Chism was thrown from the home during the tornado that touched down in Smithville, MS. She died from her injuries on May 20.
While the page is coming down, her mission to get people's pictures back to them will continue for a little while. In the next few months, she plans to personally travel to Phil Campbell, AL and Hackleburg, AL, some of the hardest hit areas, to let locals look through what's left of the pictures.
"I want to do that one last push because I have a large box of pictures and I want to do everything I can to get them home," she said.
The stories that have emerged and the people she's "met" through the page have interwoven themselves in to the fabric of her heart. She says the page has been a "huge success" and that she's met some lifelong friends through the project that she's poured days, weeks, and months of her life into.
"It went so much further than I ever thought it would. It's been a blessing," she said.
"I have put a lot of hours into it but it's been a labor of love and I have loved every minute of it. I was very blessed to have been a part of this."
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Monday, April 30 2012 12:17 AM EDT2012-04-30 04:17:45 GMT
Most of the homes along Highway 20 in Hillsboro that were destroyed by those deadly tornadoes have been rebuilt, but there's still a long road to recovery. Lawrence Davis Jr. didn't imagine April 27th,More >>
Most of the homes along Highway 20 in Hillsboro that were destroyed by those deadly tornadoes have been rebuilt, but there's still a long road to recovery.More >>
Sunday, April 29 2012 12:24 AM EDT2012-04-29 04:24:01 GMT
The road to recovery still a long one ahead for a Harvest family that lost two loved ones from the April 27 tornadoes. Misty Cornwell held a memorial Saturday afternoon to remember her 15-year-old daughter,More >>
The road to recovery still a long one ahead for a Harvest family that lost two loved ones from the April 27 tornadoes. Misty Cornwell held a memorial Saturday afternoon to remember her 15-year-old daughter, Katie, and her father, Harold Fitzgerald, who were both killed by the storm one year ago.More >>
Thursday, April 26 2012 5:30 PM EDT2012-04-26 21:30:15 GMT
An August 29, 2011 Gov. Robert Bentley announced the formation of the Tornado Recovery Action Council, or TRAC. The group of industry and government leaders had a simple mission; to help Alabama recoverMore >>
The Tornado Recovery Action Council of Alabama researched and developed 20 key ways to improve disaster preparedness in the state.More >>
With the cleanup process under way and the death toll holding steady, federal, state and local officials are teaming up to put the pieces back together for the broken communities slashed by last week's devastating tornadoes.More >>