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. – For many Alabamians recovering from the recent tornadoes, completing a disaster loan application may be overwhelming, but it is an essential step in recovery. “Many Alabamians have endured a tremendous amount of devastation and we want them to have access to every option for assistance and support,” said Cassius Butts, regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, who visited the disaster-damaged areas in Alabama on Friday. “Completing an SBA application opens the door to other types of disaster assistance.”
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 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 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
Two weeks after a barrage of violent tornadoes and straight line winds swept across Alabama, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency continue working alongside federal, state, local and private partners in the recovery mission across the state. Following is a brief overview of recent recovery news.

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