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Recap 4: Response and Support Efforts for Southern U.S. Tornadoes and Severe Storms

Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.

At the request of the respective governors, FEMA currently has personnel on the ground in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states.

Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Small Business Administrator Mills, and FEMA Administrator Fugate, along with American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern, traveled to Alabama and Mississippi to survey the damage and meet with state and local officials.

Recap for Sunday, May 1st

  • President Obama Cabinet members Secretary Napolitano, Secretary Donovan, Secretary Vilsack join Administrator Fugate, Small Business Administration Administrator Mills, American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern and other state and local officials to tour affected areas in Birmingham, Alabama and Smithville, Mississippi.
  • Tonight, the President declared a major disaster for the State of Tennessee and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and associated flooding during the period of April 25-28, 2011.
  • Six disaster recovery centers (DRCs) open.  These are staffed by state, voluntary agency and federal personnel to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. The centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.  At the DRCs, representatives from FEMA, state and other agencies meet one on one with disaster survivors, explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.
  • More than 150 inspectors are on the ground in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia assessing damages in order to help applicants to receive financial assistance. The number of field inspectors is expected to increase rapidly over the next several days.
  • FEMA Community Relations (CR) personnel are on the ground in Mississippi, joining CR teams already deployed previously to Georgia and Alabama, to meet with disaster survivors to explain the assistance available and to help survivors register for assistance. 
  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) member organizations such as American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, and many others continue to be heavily involved in the disaster response by providing assistance to disaster survivors. The Red Cross Safe and Well secure website provides a way for people to find information on people affected by the storms. To register, visit Open Red Cross shelters can also be found on     
  • The Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives and Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service have set up official web portals to help with coordinating donations and volunteers.  Cash is the preferred method of donation in order to ensure that disaster survivors get the services and supplies they need quickly.
Last Updated: 
06/19/2012 - 09:06


Thank you for all your hard work! There was massiv...

Thank you for all your hard work!<br />There was massive damage to our towns this week. Our closest big town of Cullman, AL, downtown was sadly demolished. We live between Cullman, Jasper and Double Springs, AL in Arley and Crane Hill. We Thank all those who have done great efforts in these cities. We also need to remind all that we in the little towns are just as devistated and will need help as well. The Town of Arley desperately needs a generator for the Williams Country Store that supplies groceries to us in this Smith Lake Area... life blood location now that we cannot go to Jasper or Cullman. We had to drive to Athens near Hunstville, AL to get groceries and even they were... Walmart was on generators and no milk in sight! Can you tell us how to get the large generator for our local store so all the less fortunate in our area on small incomes and no gas to get anywhere can get groceries? Please let us know how to help our community!<br /><br />Your Truely,<br />Barbara Lawson<br /><br /><br />256.747.8831 office 256.338.1257 cell<br />Arley Town Hall / Alan Harbison, Mayor <br /> (205) 387-0103 ...<br />Show map of 6788 County Road 41, Arley, AL 35541<br /> - Cached - Similar

Eddie Fox Kristy Mann and her 2 children lived at ...

Eddie Fox Kristy Mann and her 2 children lived at 329 County Road 95 in Jackson County, Alabama. Their homes was destoried 4/27/2011 by a tornado.When they called FEMA they was told that Jackson Co. wasn't on the list to get help, It was my understanding that all the people effected by these tornado's was to get help, They have nothing left, Just because they live over the county line should not exclude them from being helped. FEMA should take another look at CO. RD. 95 it looks like a bomb went off there. These people would be glad to have a FEMA trailer just to have a roof over their head. Eddie Fox An Kristy Mann have no one to help them. Very little family, and none that live in Alabama.

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Glade Springs, VA was devistated by an EF-3 Tornad...

Glade Springs, VA was devistated by an EF-3 Tornado in the early morning hours of April 28th, 2011. Many homes were damaged or destroyed leaving a large amount of people homeless. <br /> I am currently a Senior at ETSU and will graduating with a B.S. in Geography and Emergency Disaster Response, and I have been volunteering my own time everyday for the past week to help those effected by this tornado. <br /> To my disappointment, this past Saturday, (May 7th, 2011), FEMA denied the states request for assistance in the recovery efforts. Not only does this disgust me but it also shows me where the country is headed. <br /> Do we not pay taxes in VA? Do we not give the government part of our hard earned pay checks week in and week out? Then why do we not "qualify" for government aid?<br /> Probably because in the eyes of the government, Southwest Virginia is not a financial asset to this country, so therefore we are left to fend for ourselves. That's okay, in spite of your bureaucratic criteria and inhuman decision making, we will come together as a local community and rebound from this disaster. <br /><br /> ...and to think I wanted to work for FEMA..I think I will take my chances elsewhere now.

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