Birmingham, AL, May 20, 2011 -- At the FEMA/State Joint Field Office, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bryne and State Coordinating Officer Jeff Byard refer to a map showing damage areas from the deadly April tornado. FEMA and the state are partners in disaster response.
One month after the devastating tornado outbreak in Alabama, our goal remains the same: helping the state, its communities and its people recover from the damage and dislocation caused by the storms.
Our priorities are a livable home, removal of debris and rebuilding of homes, businesses and public facilities. This effort is guided by commitment and compassion.
The tornadoes killed 238 people. The memory of these losses compels us to make sure a rebuilt
Alabama is stronger and safer.
It’s been truly inspiring to see the outpouring of support from Alabamians and those around the country – whether it’s sending a monetary donation to a voluntary agency, donating time to pitch in with the cleanup efforts or praying for disaster survivors.
As the massive debris cleanup continues, we are encouraging those in Alabama affected by the
tornadoes and severe storms that struck on April 27 to register for disaster assistance.
To date, FEMA has approved $44.1 million in disaster relief for individuals and households. There have been more than 21,000 visits to disaster recovery centers, where survivors can get more information on the recovery process.
And through the hard work of our community relations specialists, we’ve been getting the word out to residents in both densely populated and rural areas about applying for assistance.
Pleasant Grove, AL, May 21, 2011 -- A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens in the community of Pleasant Grove after tornadoes struck the area. FEMA is present at the DRC for in person assistance with registration and has many programs and support available to the individuals and business owners who were in the impacted areas.
Steele, AL, May 21, 2011 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialists Dianne McKinnis and Patty Wiedmer encourage FEMA registration to attendees of a Bluegrass festival at Horsepens 40. This was a great venue to meet a lot of people in a very rural area.
So if you’re a disaster survivor, or know someone who sustained damages as a result of the April 27 tornadoes, please share the following ways to apply for assistance:
- Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. Assistance is available in many languages. TTY 800-462-7585 is available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing,
- Visit a disaster recovery center,
- Use a smartphone or tablet go to m.fema.gov, or
- Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
And I wanted to share more photos of the emergency management team:
Pratt City, AL, May 24, 2011 -- Randy Luster of the Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages a survivor of the April 27th tornado to register with FEMA and the SBA to help with his recovery. Many people do not realize the SBA offers loan assistance to individuals as well as businesses after disasters.
Cordova, AL, May 24, 2011 -- US Army Corps of Engineers Debris Specialist John Nichols watches as a Walker county debris contractor crew gathers debris from the deadly April tornado. FEMA Public Assistance funds may pay a portion of the debris cleanup costs for local government and the Corps is missioned to oversee the contractors.
Sipsey, AL, May 24, 2011 -- Members of the Florida Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Association are helping a homeowner cut and pull debris to the street for county pickup. Faith-based volunteers are important partners with FEMA in helping survivors recover from the deadly April tornado.
Jasper, AL, May 24, 2011 -- Salvation Army workers Terry NeSmith, Deb Wilcutt, and Myrtle Whitcomb distribute food and household goods to storm survivors at the Salvation Army disaster relief distribution center which opened today. Recipients can receive a voucher for $300 which can then be redeemed at the center for emergency supplies. FEMA and the Salvation Army are partners in helping survivors recover from the deadly April tornado.
Phil Campbell, AL, May 14, 2011 -- FEMA Community Relations Specialists Laura Philpot and Tom Violette speak with Mike Yoder of the Christian Aide Ministries Disaster Service Rapid Response Team of Tennessee. Faith based organizations like this provide critical immediate services to storm survivors and are FEMA partners in recovery efforts for those affected by the April tornado.
Tuscaloosa, AL, May 12, 2011 -- Red Cross workers are present at today's Hispanic community meeting. Red Cross and FEMA are partners in responding to disasters such as the April storms and tornado here.