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 8, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – There’s a wooden model house coming to Jefferson County, and the secrets it reveals can help save your life. Nicknamed the “DAWG HAUS”, this display model was built by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to illustrate storm-resistant construction methods. FEMA is taking the model on a statewide tour to show how connectors, straps and ties at key joints can transfer the pressure of high winds from the building’s roof to its foundation.
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.
August 8, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Residents who want to make their homes and businesses more storm resistant can get advice from FEMA staff at local building supply and retail stores from Aug. 9 to Aug. 13 in Madison and Scottsboro. “This is valuable information from FEMA engineers and construction experts, and it’s free,” said Jeff Byard, state coordinating officer for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. “These construction techniques can save lives and property.”
August 5, 2011
Updates
From the beginning, recovery has been a team effort. During the past three months, faith-based and community groups, private sector and local, state and federal officials joined forces with survivors to help rebuild lives and communities affected by the April tornadoes in Alabama. Much progress has been made.
August 1, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – If you think the FEMA inspector did not see all of the damages to your home or property after the Alabama tornadoes, you can ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for another inspection.
July 29, 2011
News Release
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jefferson and St. Clair county residents who want to make their homes and businesses more storm resistant can get advice from FEMA staff at local home improvement and retail stores from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6. “This is great free information from FEMA engineers and construction experts,” said Luletha Cheatham, FEMA’s hazard mitigation branch director. “These techniques can save lives and property.”

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