Alabama Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1442)

Incident period: November 5, 2002 to November 12, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on November 14, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

November 22, 2002
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- As the first week of response and recovery operations ended, more than $1.6 million in federal and state funds or loans has been received by or are on the way to Alabamians who suffered losses following storms and tornadoes that swept through the state between Nov. 5 - 12. "It has been a good start, but we have a long way to go before we do all that can be done to help people get back on their feet," said State Coordinating Officer Lee Helms.
November 21, 2002
News Release
Birmingham, AL - If you live in one of the 29 Alabama counties designated as disaster areas by the President and you had damage from the recent storms and tornadoes that raked the state between Nov. 5 - 12, help is nearby. And if you have already applied for state and federal disaster assistance, but you still have questions, your telephone is the instrument of help.
November 21, 2002
News Release
Birmingham, AL - Federal and state disaster officials issued the following tips Thursday to help residents of Alabama's 29 counties that were declared tornado disaster areas as a result of storms between Nov. 5-12 expedite their applications for assistance.
November 19, 2002
News Release
Birmingham, AL - State and federal officials are advising residents of Alabama's tornado disaster counties to use caution when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. Experience has taught emergency management officials that residents often get into disputes with repair services over the quality or cost of the work they have done. With that knowledge, the following suggestions are offered to families rebuilding after the recent severe storms. Caution is the safest course for these people, who have already suffered serious storm losses, officials advise.
November 16, 2002
News Release
Birmingham, AL - Three state-federal recovery information centers will open in Alabama Sunday (Nov. 17) to help families that suffered losses in the November 5-12 tornadoes learn the status of their requests for disaster assistance and get information about assistance programs. Those who have yet to register for assistance should do so by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 1-800-621-3362, toll-free, from any telephone. Registration is required to receive assistance.
November 14, 2002
News Release
Washington, D. C. -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Bush has declared a major disaster for Alabama, opening the way for the use of federal disaster funds to help meet the recovery needs of families and businesses devastated by tornadoes and other recent violent weather.

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