Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4176)

Incident period: April 28, 2014 to May 5, 2014
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 2, 2014
Fierce tornado damage leveled this neighborhood near Athens, AL.
Fierce tornado damage leveled this neighborhood near Athens, AL.
Federal and State Officials in Alabama Coordinate on a Disaster Recovery Plan
Federal and State Officials in Alabama Coordinate on a Disaster Recovery Plan
Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Reach Out to Survivors in Bessemer, Alabama
Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Reach Out to Survivors in Bessemer, Alabama

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 30, 2014
News Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Federal aid provided to Alabama residents affected by the April 28 through May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding has reached more than $43.6 million. The following numbers, compiled July 25, provide a snapshot of the Alabama/FEMA disaster recovery to date: Funds approved:
July 30, 2014
News Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In 2013, the National Weather Service issued 332 flash flood and flood watches/warnings for the state. The state also reported one tropical storm in the Gulf Coast. More severe weather came this spring with tornadoes and more than two feet of rain. Between the Gulf Coast’s tropical storms and the numerous rivers and streams, the potential for flooding in Alabama is ever present, according to the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham.
July 30, 2014
News Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Community Emergency Response Teams prepare for the worst, then when disaster strikes, they help themselves, their families, their neighborhoods and their communities. Begun in Los Angeles in 1985, the CERT program consists of specially trained volunteers who are called into action during and immediately following major disasters before first responders can reach the affected areas. They work closely with fire and emergency management departments in their communities.
July 29, 2014
News Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Repairing damage after a disaster can be expensive.  In cases of severe damage, the costs can be staggering. However, many projects can be done for little or no money.  Most can make a big difference in helping minimize damage from the next disaster and provide the extra bonus of lowering utility and home-maintenance costs year-round. Here are some ideas:
July 18, 2014
News Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Federal aid provided to Alabama residents affected by the April 28 through May 5 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding has reached more than $40 million. The following numbers, compiled July 17, provide a snapshot of the Alabama/FEMA disaster recovery to date: Funds approved:
July 18, 2014
News Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala.  – Some Alabamians saw their homes and cars destroyed by this spring’s tornadoes and floods while others saw their jobs or businesses demolished. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping put the state’s economy back on track, not only by providing financial assistance to families and state and local governments, but also by hiring Alabama residents to help with the recovery efforts and spending money in the local economy.

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