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 14, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Everyone receives a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after applying for disaster assistance. It explains where you are in the process and what to do next or how grant money should be spent.
May 13, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabamians are responding to the message that federal assistance is here following the devastating tornadoes that struck the state. The number of weekly registrants rose by 32 percent for a total of nearly 64,000 individuals and households filing for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the first two weeks. A total of nearly $36 million has been approved through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s low-interest disaster loan program.
May 13, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Talk to us. If you have been affected by the Alabama tornadoes and have questions, there is someone who will listen at a disaster recovery center.
May 13, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Six disaster recovery centers have recently opened to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. The two most recent center openings occurred Wednesday in Marshall and St. Clair counties. These are the second center openings in each county. All Alabama centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice at the following addresses: Marshall CountyArab Recreation Center761 N. Main StreetArab, Ala. 35016
May 12, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- An important step on the road to recovery is debris removal. If you were affected by the April tornadoes, here is some information that may help make it easier. The first thing you should do is call your insurance agent to see if debris removal is covered. The Federal Emergency Management Agency does not reimburse private property owners for the cost of removing debris from their property; however, your local or state government may pick up and dispose of disaster-related debris placed at the public right-of-way.
May 11, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Alabama tornadoes left many survivors wondering how to put their lives back in order – and what to do first. So here are the steps survivors need to follow to receive assistance: First, call your insurance agent. Insurance usually provides the largest amount of repair or rebuilding funding for many survivors.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Alabama, FEMA-1971-DR (PDF 21KB)

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