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 20, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- Thirty-two inspectors are now in the field visiting Alabamians who have registered for federal/state disaster assistance to verify their losses, Gracia Szczech, head of recovery operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said today.
May 20, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- More than $4 million in federal and state disaster assistance has been approved for residents of Alabama's 32 declared counties, recovery officials said today. In addition, the number of families registered for assistance now totals 2,253. Assistance for housing and essential needs of those who suffered losses in the recent severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding reached this milestone only eight days after President Bush's May 12 disaster declaration.
May 16, 2003
News Release
Atlanta, GA -- So far, 1,560 Alabamians have applied for assistance to help repair damages from the recent severe storms, disaster officials reported today, urging all residents of the designated counties who suffered damages to apply by calling the toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). That number is operative daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. Persons with speech or hearing impairments may call the TTY number, 1-8800-462-7585.
May 15, 2003
News Release
Atlanta, GA -- Gracia Szczech, Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announced today that disaster assistance has been made available for 16 additional Alabama counties to help residents recover from the effects of the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. FCO Szczech said the 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 12, 2003
News Release
Washington, D.C. -- Federal disaster aid has been authorized by President Bush to help families and communities in Alabama recover from the effects of tornadoes and other extreme weather that struck the state early last week, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

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