Alabama Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1687)

Incident period: March 1, 2007
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 3, 2007

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 9, 2007
News Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The "Dawg Haus" is coming to town to show how to build or rebuild stronger, safer structures that can withstand most tornadoes. "Dawg Haus" is the acronym the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses for its portable tornado-resistant demonstration structure. That structure and safe rooms will be on display in Enterprise, starting Saturday at Lowe's then moving March 17 to Turf & Timber.
March 9, 2007
News Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- In only five days since President Bush declared six Alabama counties eligible for Individual Assistance, $507,367 in disaster assistance has been approved to help those affected by the tornadoes of March 1, state and federal officials announced today. "This early in the recovery process our concern is for people's housing needs,"said Gracia Szczech, federal coordinating officer for the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "For some, the housing assistance check is just the first check they will receive."
March 8, 2007
News Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Enterprise Civic Center Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will permanently close at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2007, according to recovery officials from Alabama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This center opened March 3 and responded to more than 260 visitors including area homeowners, renters and business owners about disaster assistance programs.
March 7, 2007
News Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Four new Disaster Recovery Centers open Thursday, March 8, 2007, in southern Alabama in the counties of Henry, Dale, Montgomery and Dallas, according to officials from the State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These counties are now eligible for federal disaster funds for Individual Assistance (IA) due to the tornadoes that struck March 1, 2007.
March 6, 2007
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expanding the federal aid available in Alabama associated with severe storms and tornadoes that struck March 1, 2007.  Six counties now qualify for Individual Assistance and three for Public Assistance.  Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Individual Assistance
March 5, 2007
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Three specially-equipped vehicles are now in Enterprise, Ala., playing a key role as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helps state and local recovery from last week’s deadly tornadoes. Each vehicle serves as a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC). “One of the advantages of an MDRC is the speed with which it can be placed into service,” said Gracia Szczech, the federal official coordinating the disaster recovery.

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