Since the deadly tornadoes first struck parts of the country last 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.
At the request of the respective governors, FEMA currently has teams on the ground in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as strategically pre-positioned commodities in the region to support the states.
Today, Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne; Justo Hernandez, FEMA Deputy Coordinating Officer for Housing Operations in Alabama; and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Jeff Byard conducted briefings for congressional staff and state and local elected officials to speak about disaster response and recovery efforts.
Recap for Thursday, May 5th:
- More than 42,000 people have registered for assistance in six states affected by severe weather and tornadoes in late April, including Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee, more than 700 of these registrations were completed through the mobile m.fema.gov site, and more than $17.9 million in grants has been approved for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
- The joint Facebook page created by FEMA and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency currently has more than 3,400 fans.
- U.S. Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is providing technical assistance to states on their grant applications and will provide grant management for the states when awards are made.
- Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne; Justo Hernandez, FEMA Deputy Coordinating Officer for Housing Operations in Alabama; and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Jeff Byard conducted briefings for congressional staff and state and local elected officials to speak about disaster response and recovery efforts.
- The Humane Society of the United States is on the ground in Alabama and Mississippi, helping search for lost or injured animals.
- To date, FEMA has posted more than 150 messages through its blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts, sharing information with disaster survivors on how to register for assistance, the role of disaster recovery centers and other information related to the federal government's support to the affected states and their residents.