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

May 20, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Rebuilding is not easy after a disaster. Survivors may find themselves spending more and more time at their local hardware store, overwhelmed with decisions. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now offering free consultations with FEMA representatives at hardware and home improvement stores in three Alabama counties affected by the recent tornadoes. The outreach program will be expanded greatly in the coming weeks.
May 20, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – State and federal assistance continues to fuel the Alabama recovery more than three weeks after deadly tornadoes struck the state. More than 72,000 individuals and households have registered for help with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and more than $45.3 million has already been approved in federal aid to help them.
May 20, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cleaning up the mounds of tornado debris is a critical task that recovery officials are approaching from several angles with the help of local, state and federal government, the private sector, voluntary organizations and homeowners. 
May 19, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – New disaster recovery centers have opened in Blount, Calhoun and Jefferson counties to serve those whose homes or businesses were affected by the Alabama storms and tornadoes.
May 19, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Before the Federal Emergency Management Agency can provide assistance, applicants must be able to prove their identity. Insufficient identification is one reason applicants may be told they are ineligible for assistance.
May 18, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Almost three weeks after the Alabama tornadoes, more than 68,000 individuals or households have registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. More than $38 million has already been approved to help them. But for some survivors, the status of their request for federal assistance is dependent on insurance settlements and the need for additional information.

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  • Alabama, FEMA-1971-DR (PDF 21KB)

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