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.