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Recap 5: Response and Support Efforts for Southern U.S. Tornadoes and Severe Storms

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Editors note: this post was updated at 9:20 a.m. on May 3, 2011.

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, Administrator Craig Fugate, Tennessee's Governor Bill Haslam and state/local emergency management officials toured Greene County. Deputy Administrator Serino visited Dekalb County, Ala. to continue surveying the damage and meeting with state and local officials.

Recap for Monday, May 2:

  • Administrator Craig Fugate traveled to Tennessee to join Governor Bill Haslam, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and other state and local officials to tour the damages in Greene, County and visited with survivors of the tornadoes.
  • Deputy Administrator Rich Serino traveled to Alabama to meet with other federal, state and local partners to assess the damage and ensure the state is receiving all the support needed as they continue to recover from the devastating tornadoes that struck last week.
  • Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs (USDA's Rural Development Agency) Tammy Trevino toured damage in North Carolina.
  • As federal-state-local damage assessments continue, 23 counties were added for individual assistance in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi to provide temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover.
  • Over 3,400 National Coast Guard officers supported security, traffic control and other operations in the affected area.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration officers were on the ground in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia assisting disaster survivors with questions and support while filling out disasters loans applications.
  • A team of U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration aviators flew across Alabama and areas near Chattanooga, Tennessee to take aerial photos that assist federal, state and local managers with search and rescue operations, routing personnel and machinery, planning recovery efforts, and better understanding damage caused to the environment. Also, NOAA National Geodetic technicians captured images of disaster damage of 275 square miles from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham and additional 70 square miles of images in the vicinity of Cordova, Alabama.
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06/21/2012 - 21:00


Where is the FEMA disaster assistance in and around Hackleburg far this destroyed rural town has seen little to no assistance. No local TV or radio equals no FEMA apparently.

I agree FEMA need a presence in Hackleburg, AL. The ENTIRE town is gone. It has a population of 1,500, nearly all displaced and totally destroyed. They are rural and don't have resources such as larger cities. Help, help, help now!

I understand how frustrated victims of hurricane Katrina were with FEMA. My aunt and uncle lost their home in the Camp Creek area of Greene County, TN. in the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. FEMA was on location within a couple of days as stated above. Why were they not there the next day. FEMA, once they finally arrived, told victims not to begin cleaning up until they could get aerial photos of the destruction. Again, why was this not done the next morning after the storms hit? If everyone that was a victim waited til FEMA showed up to take pictures they would be able to salvage nothing. Now, in addition to losing their house and many other valuables that can never be replaced, FEMA has turned down their, along with numerous others, request for any kind of assistance. The only sign of FEMA or FEMA assistance around their neighborhood was a representative from FEMA stopping in Saturday morning. Acouple hours later another representative from FEMA stopped by to see if the first rep stopped in. Yet, a couple hours after the second, a third representative stopped by to make sure the first two had been by. FEMA needs to be done away with if this is the best we have. Thanks to friends, family, local churches and neighbors, my aunt and uncle should be ready to move in to a new house in about a month. FEMA, like most other Federal organizations, is a major waste of tax payer money. This organization should simply be abolished!

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