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 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.
May 10, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A new disaster recovery center opened in Piedmont, Cherokee County, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the recent storms and tornadoes in Alabama. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 12 at the following address: Cherokee CountyGoshen United Methodist Church625 Alabama Hwy 9 SouthPiedmont, Ala. 36272
May 10, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The thousands of Alabama residents affected by the tornadoes have a lot on their minds. But one vital thing needs to be on survivors' recovery lists: Register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Those affected should not put off applying for help because they have insurance. Many may have losses not covered by auto or homeowners' policies. The same goes for renters. There are FEMA grants to assist with temporary housing, personal property losses and serious disaster-related needs.
May 8, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA-Eleven units arrived on May 7 for residents in the town of Phil Campbell. It is an area with an extreme shortage of available rental housing and apartments. Additional housing will be provided by FEMA and the State of Alabama to other counties where the demand for housing is greater than the supply.
May 8, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA – Four new disaster recovery centers are open in Choctaw, Greene, Madison and Tuscaloosa counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the recent storms and tornadoes in Alabama. The centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice at the following addresses: Choctaw County EMA Office816 W. Pushmataha St.Butler, Ala. 36904 Greene County107 Harris AveEutaw, Ala. 35462 Madison County Monrovia Church of Christ595 Nance Rd.Madison, Ala. 35757
May 7, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA - To help survivors of the recent storms and tornadoes in Alabama, there are now multiple ways to apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Assistance for homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for rental housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs. No matter the degree of loss, survivors are urged to register with FEMA; and they can use the following methods:

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