Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding (DR-1466)

Incident period: May 5, 2003 to May 30, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 12, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 28, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- Even though floods are the most common natural disaster people face, many more should consider purchasing flood insurance to protect against potential losses, federal officials said today. "One incentive for many people occurs after a flood when they discover that homeowners' insurance policies do not cover flood damage," said Perry Martin, of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA), state coordinating officer for the disaster recovery.
May 27, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- Some Alabamians may not yet be eligible for available FEMA aid because of confusion regarding inspectors who check on damages, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials reported today. Gracia Szczech, federal coordinating officer for FEMA, said there have been reports that a number of residents believed they were in the FEMA system for aid eligibility because a county inspector had viewed damages on their property.
May 26, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- If your well or septic tank was damaged by flooding, you may be eligible for federal disaster assistance to restore it to use, federal officials said today. Residents of 38 counties covered by President Bush's May 12 disaster declaration for Alabama can call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration line -- 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) -- to find out what help is available. The number for speech- and hearing-impaired applicants is TTY 1-800-462-7585.
May 23, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- Residents of Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington counties today became eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance for losses suffered as a result of this month's severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Gracia Szczech, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and federal coordinating officer for the Alabama disaster recovery, said the six counties were added to the list of eligible jurisdictions based on a continuing assessment of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials.
May 23, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- More than $6 million in disaster recovery grants and disaster loans has been approved for Alabamians who suffered losses because of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding this month, according to figures from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help Alabamians recover from the disaster declared May 12 by President Bush. This is an update of recovery activities as of close of business May 22.
May 21, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- State and federal officials today cautioned residents of Alabama's storm-affected counties to use caution when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. They offer the following suggestions:

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