Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-1971)

Incident period: April 15, 2011 to May 31, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 28, 2011

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 18, 2013
News Release
During the April 2011 tornadoes, Prattville, Ala. resident Ty Story took cover in a closet with his wife Becky and their three daughters using a mattress for extra protection.“We were about a mile from where it hit,” he said of the EF-3 tornado that destroyed and damaged numerous homes in his community. “We knew it was close to us, but we couldn’t see it because our house is next to a tree line. But you could see all the trees going in different directions from the wind.”
October 31, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Stories of hope are happening all across Alabama as the state’s long-term recovery committees help restore families devastated by April’s tornadoes six months ago.
October 25, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Great progress has been made in the six months since a historic outbreak of storms and tornadoes forever changed the landscape of numerous Alabama communities. To date, approximately $530 million in federal funds has been approved to help survivors, businesses, communities and the state of Alabama rebuild safer and stronger.
October 7, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala – A Pratt City man who lost his home in Alabama's April 27 tornado outbreak has hired his friend, an expert in storm-safe building techniques, to rebuild his home to be safer and more wind-resistant.
September 28, 2011
Alabama recovery uses "whole community" approach, including Gov. Bentley's Tornado Recovery Action Council.
September 28, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Five months after the April storms and tornadoes in Alabama, 99 percent of debris has been cleared from communities and more than $170 million in individual federal disaster assistance is helping survivors rebuild their lives. Recovery by the numbers The following numbers compiled provide an overview of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency efforts to date:


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