Alabama Tornadoes (DR-1352)

Incident period: December 16, 2000 to December 22, 2000
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 18, 2000

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

January 10, 2001
News Release
Clanton, AL -- The final two federal-state disaster recovery centers, one in Tuscaloosa, the other in Gadsden, will close Saturday, January 13, at the end of the business day at 6 p.m. The Tuscaloosa center is located in the Old Fire College on McFarland Blvd. East and the Gadsden center is in the Coates Bend Volunteer Fire Department on Pull Tight Road.
January 5, 2001
News Release
Clanton, AL -- Disaster assistance resulting from the mid-December tornadoes that slashed through 11 Alabama counties is closing in on the $$3.8 million figure, John Hannah of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has revealed. Hannah, who is responsible for coordinating all federal aid in the disaster area, said the current total includes more than $563,000 from FEMA itself and $3.2 million in low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
December 29, 2000
News Release
Clanton, AL -- Just 10 days after killer tornadoes swept through 11 Alabama counties, prompting President Clinton to declare them a major disaster area, federal and state emergency personnel have approved $380,000 in assistance to homeowners and renters whose residences were destroyed or severely damaged by the destructive storms. Deadly winds claimed several lives and ravaged hundreds of homes and businesses in the December 16 assault. Many of the damaged dwellings were made uninhabitable by the tornadoes.
December 18, 2000
News Release
Washington, DC -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available for nine Alabama counties ravaged by deadly tornadoes and other extreme weather beginning last Saturday. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said President Clinton authorized the aid under a major disaster declaration issued this afternoon immediately following a review of the agency's analysis of the state's expedited request for federal relief submitted earlier today.
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