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 1, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA  – The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency today announced the launch of a joint Facebook page to provide information on recovery efforts in the aftermath of the state’s devastating tornadoes, including assistance tips, advice on the registration process and voluntary agencies. The link is: http://www.facebook.com/AlabamaEMA.
May 1, 2011
News Release
Birmingham, Ala. and Smithville, Miss. - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today traveled to Alabama and Mississippi with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate and Small Business Administration Administrator (SBA) Karen Mills to survey the damage and the  response and recovery efforts underway.  American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern also joined the delegation.
May 1, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA – People who need a place to stay after the devastating Alabama tornadoes can go to one of 20 shelters open in hard-hit areas.  “Do not sleep in your car. Go to a shelter,’’ said Michael F. Byrne, Federal Coordinating Officer for the federal recovery operation in Alabama. “If you need somewhere to lay your head, go to a shelter.’’
May 1, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA – Seven additional counties have been designated for disaster assistance to households and businesses as part of Alabama's federal disaster declaration, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The latest counties are Autauga, Calhoun, Elmore, Etowah, Marion, St. Clair, and Tallapoosa. Counties previously designated are Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marengo, Marshall, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Walker.
May 1, 2011
News Release
WASHINGTON—Following the President’s commitment on Friday that the federal government would do everything possible to help families and communities recover from the deadly tornados and severe storms that struck the southeast earlier this week, several members of his Cabinet are in Alabama and Mississippi today.  They are there to meet with families affected by the storms, as well as meet with state and local officials and to view damage and assess the initial recovery efforts already underway.
May 1, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- In the aftermath of Alabama's devastating tornadoes, Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are advising those who have sustained damage to be aware of potential scams and fraud.

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