Recap 9: Response and Support Efforts for Southern U.S. Tornadoes and Severe Storms

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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 teams on the ground in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee, as well as strategically pre-positioned commodities in the region to support the states.

Federal Coordinating Officers have been working closely with these affected states to assist them in meeting the unique needs of their residents.

Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Nicole Lurie, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, and FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino fanned out across Alabama, and met with state and local officials, FEMA staff on the ground, and disaster survivors at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), to review recovery activities and talk about the importance of registering for disaster assistance. 

Recap for Friday, May 6th:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Nicole Lurie, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, and FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino fanned out across Alabama today, and met with state and local officials, FEMA staff on the ground, and disaster survivors at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), to review recovery activities and talk about the importance of registering for disaster assistance.
  • Each state is actively communicating its efforts to the public through the community relations staff on the ground, who are meeting with disaster survivors, through other outreach to explain the assistance available and to encourage survivors register for assistance. Further updates on activities can be found for Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia,  Kentucky , Mississippi and Tennessee
  • Thirty-six disaster recovery centers are open across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia - these centers are staffed by state, voluntary agency and federal personnel to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. The Disaster Recovery Center Locator is a resource that allows individuals to find DRCs nearest to their location, once they are open, and includes information such as hours of operation, services offered, and driving directions.  The centers are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. The Disaster Recovery Center Locator can be found online at /drclocator or on our mobile site at http://m.fema.gov/.
  • More than 500 inspectors are on the ground in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas 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.
  • More than 50,500 people have registered for assistance in five states affected by severe weather and tornadoes in late April, including Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee, roughly 900 of these registrations were completed through the mobile m.fema.gov site, and more than $23.7 million in grants has been approved for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
  • FEMA posted an additional 21 messages to its blogFacebook and Twitter accounts. To date, FEMA has provided more than 40 responses to comments on FEMA Facebook and twitter accounts.
Last Updated: 
06/18/2012 - 15:05
Posted on Fri, 05/06/2011 - 20:47
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