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, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states.
Today, Veterans Administration Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Robert A. Petzel and William C. Schoenhard, Veterans Health Administration, Deputy Under Secretary for Operations & Management traveled to Alabama to tour the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center and meet with our veterans. The following timeline provides an overview of these and other federal activities, to date, to support the impacted states, families and communities.
Recap for Wednesday, May 4th:
- Two additional counties are designated for disaster assistance for individuals, households and businesses as part of Alabama's federal disaster declaration. The latest additions are Lamar and Lauderdale counties, which brings the total number of designated counties to 38.
- More than 34,200 people have registered for assistance, and we have provided over $13.6 million in grants for temporary housing and home repairs, personal property replacement costs, necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster, and other programs to help individuals and families recover from the effects of the disasters in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas.
- More than 1,530 FEMA employees have been deployed to the affected areas, including 320 FEMA Community Relations staff on the ground in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee meeting with disaster survivors and explaining the assistance available and to help them register for assistance.
- Department of Homeland Security Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is working with FEMA, along with others within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to respond to community concerns and to ensure disaster response and recovery strategies respect the civil rights and civil liberties of all populations.
- Approximately 1.3 million liters of water, 1.4 million meals, 106 generators, 107,633 tarps, 10 infant/toddler kits have been transferred to the affected states in support of disaster survivors impacted by severe weather and tornadoes in the Southeast.
- American Red Cross has served more than 550,000 meals and snacks; more than 169,000 have been served in Alabama.
- Veterans Administration Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Robert A. Petzel and William C. Schoenhard, Veterans Health Administration Deputy Under Secretary for Operations & Management are in Alabama to tour the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center and meet with veterans.
- FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center locator is now active on the agencies' mobile site (m.fema.gov). Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed by state, voluntary agency and federal personnel who meet one-on-one with disaster survivors to explain assistance programs. As we respond and support our local/state partners, we're opening up disaster recovery centers in multiple states, to better serve survivors in the affected areas.