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July 29, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – More than 90 days have passed since 63 tornadoes, severe storms and straight-line winds devastated Alabama and left more than 10 million cubic yards of debris in their paths. And in that time, a cohesive effort among volunteers and local, state and federal agencies, and the public has led to removing 90 percent of that debris.
July 29, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Madison County residents who want to make their homes and businesses more storm resistant can get advice from FEMA staff at local building supply 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. – 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 28, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed its final waterway debris removal mission Monday at Lake Martin. The lake’s shores were littered with debris left in the wake of the April 27 tornadoes, along with submerged hazardous materials in the water itself.
July 27, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Three months after the April storms and tornadoes, 90 percent of debris has been cleared from neighborhoods and more than $140 million in individual federal disaster assistance is helping survivors rebuild their lives. The following numbers, compiled July 26, provide an overview of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency efforts to date: Funds approved
July 25, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will offer free consultations with FEMA advisers at home improvement and hardware stores in Jefferson and Shelby counties. The advisers will have display tables at area stores from July 25 to July 30. The advisers will answer questions and offer home improvement tips and proven techniques to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared toward do-it-yourself workers and building contractors, and is available in both English and Spanish.
July 25, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will offer free consultations with FEMA advisers at home improvement and hardware stores in Colbert and Marshall counties. The advisers will have display tables at area stores from July 25 to July 30. The advisers will answer questions and offer home improvement tips and proven techniques to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared toward do-it-yourself workers and building contractors, and is available in both English and Spanish.
July 25, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Nine communities to date have formally requested state and federal community disaster recovery assistance following the outbreak of tornadoes in Alabama. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials say the Alabama disaster is already one of the largest long-term community recovery planning missions since the program began in 2004.
July 21, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Residents of Holt already knew what they wanted for their tornado-damaged community before they attended a recent workshop focusing on the area’s long-term disaster recovery. And they weren’t shy about sharing their united vision. The April 27 tornadoes pummeled the community of about 3,000, destroying many homes and most of Holt’s businesses. About 130 residents attended the July 12 meeting at Soma Body of Christ Church and were eager to share their needs and wants with each other as well as representatives from the local, state and federal governments.
July 20, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Whole towns in Alabama were destroyed in April when more than 60 tornadoes ravaged the state in one day. A study by the University of Alabama found that the April 27 tornadoes killed 244 people in Alabama and destroyed or made uninhabitable 14,000 homes. Job losses related to the tornadoes topped 13,200 and the state gross domestic product is expected to decrease by up to $1.3 billion.

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