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

August 22, 2011
Updates
April’s tornadoes reminded us the unthinkable can happen. The event cost too many lives, created about 10 million cubic yards of debris, and destroyed or damaged homes, schools and businesses across two-thirds of Alabama.
August 18, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After the April storms and tornadoes destroyed thousands of homes and businesses across two-thirds of Alabama, a large-scale response and recovery effort was needed. A significant part of that effort was Alabama’s private sector, which continues to play a key role in the state’s recovery.
August 16, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For Alabamians affected by the April storms and tornadoes, now is the time to work toward a permanent housing plan. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency encourage you to consider all options available, including local resources, in making a long-term plan. Save money. Save receipts. Stay in touch.
August 12, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Temporary facilities are greeting students as the school year begins in four Alabama communities. And safe rooms to provide shelter during storms will follow soon. Alabama is a leader among states in ensuring that all students have a safe place to go when a tornado hits. The Alabama state legislature in 2010 adopted a building code for schools, including the requirement of safe rooms in every new school. This law followed a tornado outbreak in Enterprise, Ala. that impacted the high school.
August 12, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kids headed back to school aren’t the only ones with valuable lessons in their futures. You can get potentially life-saving lessons on disaster-resistant construction when the Federal Emergency Management Agency comes to local building supply stores Aug. 16 to Aug. 20. FEMA staff will set up near the main store entrances each day from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to give advice and provide how-to materials for making structures safer and stronger.
August 8, 2011
Updates
On April 27, 2011, from well before dawn to way past sunset, Alabama hosted a perfect set of weather conditions to produce a super tornado outbreak totaling 62 confirmed tornadoes. These storms ravaged the state in two waves and were responsible for the deaths of 247 residents, according to state officials.

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