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
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 – 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 – Six disaster recovery centers have opened in four Alabama counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. The centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Alabama Emergency Management Agency and other agencies will be at the centers to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid. The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
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, 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.
May 1, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga.  -- Six disaster recovery centers have opened in four Alabama counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. The centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Alabama Emergency Management Agency and other agencies will be at the centers to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid. The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

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