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 – 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.
April 30, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga.  -- Community relations teams from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency are reaching out to survivors affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that began on April 15, 2011.  Teams are out in the impacted counties, knocking on doors and attending meetings to share and gather information. Officials want individuals and small business owners to know about available disaster assistance programs, and they are trying to identify unmet needs.
April 30, 2011
News Release
WASHINGTON--Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country earlier this week, the federal government has been in constant contact with all of the impacted states as they responded to and began recovery efforts from these devastating storms.
April 29, 2011
News Release
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to Alabama to supplement the state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding beginning on April 15, 2011, and continuing.
April 29, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Survivors of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding beginning on April 15, 2011, in Alabama should apply now for federal assistance. The Presidential declaration April 28 made funding available to affected individuals in Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marengo, Marshall, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties.

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