Release Date: May 3, 2011 Release Number: HQ-11-58
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 personnel on the ground in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and commodities strategically pre-positioned in the region to support the states. The following timeline provides an overview of these and other federal activities, to date, to support the impacted states, families and communities.
Tuesday, May 3rd:
Thirteen disaster recovery centers are open. These are staffed by state, voluntary agency and federal personnel to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. The centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. At the DRCs, representatives from FEMA, state and other agencies meet one on one with disaster survivors, explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.
American Red Cross teams up with Tide to provide free laundry service for disaster survivors in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
More than 300 inspectors are on the ground in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas assessing damages in order to help applicants to receive financial assistance. The number of field inspectors is expected to increase rapidly over the next several days.
More than 30,000 people have registered for assistance, and more than $9.5 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. o NOAA continues to update its online tornado information page. This site provides up to date stats and links.
o Nearly 3,200 National Guard personnel (Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas) are conducting search and rescue, security, traffic control, and debris removal missions in support of tornado relief efforts.
o DHS encourages individuals in affected areas to register for assistance and posts a widget to direct disaster survivors to www.disasterassistance.gov to register. The widget also includes information to the FEMA mobile site and the (800) 621-3362, TTY (800) 462-7585 registration numbers.