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Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-1971)

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Incident period: April 15, 2011 to May 31, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 28, 2011


July 18, 2013 - News Release

During the April 2011 tornadoes, Prattville, Ala. resident Ty Story took cover in a closet with his wife Becky and their three daughters using a mattress for extra protection.“We were about a mile from where it hit,” he said of the EF-3 tornado that destroyed and damaged numerous homes in his community. “We knew it was close to us, but we couldn’t see it because our house is next to a tree line. But you could see all the trees going in different directions from the wind.”

October 31, 2011 - News Release

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Stories of hope are happening all across Alabama as the state’s long-term recovery committees help restore families devastated by April’s tornadoes six months ago.

October 25, 2011 - News Release

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Great progress has been made in the six months since a historic outbreak of storms and tornadoes forever changed the landscape of numerous Alabama communities. To date, approximately $530 million in federal funds has been approved to help survivors, businesses, communities and the state of Alabama rebuild safer and stronger.

Geographic Information

Map of declared counties for [Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-1971)]

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 16,408 $77,332,324.83 $57,474,750.82 $19,857,574.01
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 02:15 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $201,066,746.10 $127,713,663.11 $66,535,076.83
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 08:25 (Updated daily)

Related Links


Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Alabama, FEMA-1971-DR (PDF 21KB)