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August 12, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Temporary facilities are greeting students as the school year begins in four Alabama communities. And safe rooms to provide shelter during storms will follow soon. Alabama is a leader among states in ensuring that all students have a safe place to go when a tornado hits. The Alabama state legislature in 2010 adopted a building code for schools, including the requirement of safe rooms in every new school. This law followed a tornado outbreak in Enterprise, Ala. that impacted the high school.
August 12, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kids headed back to school aren’t the only ones with valuable lessons in their futures. You can get potentially life-saving lessons on disaster-resistant construction when the Federal Emergency Management Agency comes to local building supply stores Aug. 16 to Aug. 20. FEMA staff will set up near the main store entrances each day from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to give advice and provide how-to materials for making structures safer and stronger.
August 8, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – There’s a wooden model house coming to Jefferson County, and the secrets it reveals can help save your life. Nicknamed the “DAWG HAUS”, this display model was built by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to illustrate storm-resistant construction methods. FEMA is taking the model on a statewide tour to show how connectors, straps and ties at key joints can transfer the pressure of high winds from the building’s roof to its foundation.
August 8, 2011
Updates
On April 27, 2011, from well before dawn to way past sunset, Alabama hosted a perfect set of weather conditions to produce a super tornado outbreak totaling 62 confirmed tornadoes. These storms ravaged the state in two waves and were responsible for the deaths of 247 residents, according to state officials.
August 8, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Residents who want to make their homes and businesses more storm resistant can get advice from FEMA staff at local building supply and retail stores from Aug. 9 to Aug. 13 in Madison and Scottsboro. “This is valuable information from FEMA engineers and construction experts, and it’s free,” said Jeff Byard, state coordinating officer for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. “These construction techniques can save lives and property.”
August 8, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Residents who want to make their homes and businesses more storm resistant can get advice from FEMA staff at local building supply and retail stores from Aug. 9 to Aug. 13 in Birmingham, Gadsden and Prattville. “This is valuable information from FEMA engineers and construction experts, and it’s free,” said Jeff Byard, state coordinating officer for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. “These construction techniques can save lives and property.”
August 5, 2011
Updates
From the beginning, recovery has been a team effort. During the past three months, faith-based and community groups, private sector and local, state and federal officials joined forces with survivors to help rebuild lives and communities affected by the April tornadoes in Alabama. Much progress has been made.
August 1, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – If you think the FEMA inspector did not see all of the damages to your home or property after the Alabama tornadoes, you can ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for another inspection.
July 29, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jefferson and St. Clair county residents who want to make their homes and businesses more storm resistant can get advice from FEMA staff at local home improvement and retail stores from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6. “This is great free information from FEMA engineers and construction experts,” said Luletha Cheatham, FEMA’s hazard mitigation branch director. “These techniques can save lives and property.”
July 29, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. „Ÿ Phil Campbell’s first long-term community recovery workshop seemed to defy the prediction of a reporter who said the city may never recover from the EF-5 tornado that ripped through the small Alabama town April 27.

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