The April 2011 Southern Tornadoes and Severe Storms

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Release date: 
October 27, 2011
Release Number: 
1974-001Factsheet
  • NOAA's National Weather Service ranks April 2011 as the most active tornado month on record with 750 tornadoes across the U.S. There were a reported 361 fatalities.
  • The April 27 “Super Outbreak” spawned four intensely destructive EF-5 and 11 EF-4 tornados across Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.
  • These storms launched an immediate response from the whole community, which included local, state, and federal agencies, voluntary, faith-based and community groups, the private sector and the public.
  • Nearly $257 million in federal disaster assistance was distributed to survivors in the form of grants and low-interest recovery loans, as of October 20.
  • FEMA obligated nearly $211 million in federal aid to local and state governments and non-profit agencies to reimburse costs for public recovery and rebuilding projects such as debris removal and repairs to public facilities.
  • FEMA provided more than $254 million in direct Federal assistance through mission assignments to other federal agencies for other essential commodities, emergency work and debris removal.
  • Because of the April 2011 disasters, more than $115 million in federal funds was set aside for local and state projects designed to save lives, protect property and save money for all in the long run. Projects include community storm shelters, flood-prevention measures and building retrofits.
  • $17.7 million – total federal disaster assistance provided to Tennesseans in the form of disaster grants and low-interest loans.
  • 3,361 – individuals and families who were approved for state/federal disaster assistance.
  • $19.1 million – grants provided to help survivors find temporary housing, make basic repairs and replace essential personal property.
    • Of this, more than $16 million provided for housing assistance.
    • Nearly $3 million distributed for other serious disaster-related needs
  • $105.9 million – local, state and federal eligible funds necessary to complete more than 2,100 recovery projects and repair infrastructure through FEMA’s cost-share Public Assistance program.
  • $14 million – the amount of federal funds available to Tennessee for hazard mitigation projects designed to prevent loss of life, protect property and lessen the cost of future disasters.
  • More than $9.5 million – the amount of SBA disaster loan approvals for uninsured losses sustained by homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.
  • DR-1974: 17 counties declared for Individual Assistance and 52 counties declared for Public Assistance.
  • DR-1978:  9 counties for Public Assistance.
  • DR-1979: 9 counties for Individual Assistance and 17 counties for Public Assistance.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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