At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Federal Assistance Available for Residents Impacted by Last Week’s Severe Storms
Following severe weather across the South and Southeast that resulted in tornadoes and flooding, President Obama declared major disasters in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida, making assistance available to residents in designated counties who were affected by the storms. This week, President Obama visited Arkansas to view ongoing recovery efforts and pledged the nation’s continued support as those affected by the storms begin to recover. Take a look at these few photos of ongoing recovery efforts. Impacted residents in declared states to register for disaster assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or for TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly.
To find out if the county you live in is eligible for assistance, or for updates on recovery efforts, visit your state’s disaster page:
Here are a few photos of ongoing recovery efforts. For more photos, visit the FEMA Media Library.
According to our friends at the National Weather Service, this Mother’s Day weekend has a whole range of possible weather conditions, depending on where you might be. Temperatures will near 90F in some areas, while others could see severe weather, and even snow and heavy rains. Find your local forecast at weather.gov.
If severe weather is expected in your area, remember:
- Monitor your battery-powered radio or television for emergency information.
- Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report downed power lines and electrical hazards to the police and the utility company.
- Injury may result from the direct impact of a tornado or it may occur afterward when people walk among debris and enter damaged buildings. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris.
- After a tornado, be aware of possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards in your home. Contact your local city or county building inspectors for information on structural safety codes and standards. They may also offer suggestions on finding a qualified contractor to do work for you.