Alabama Tornado Response

Report
Bruce Freeman
Hackleburg IMT– Ops Section Chief
Alabama Emergency Management
Agency
Events Unfolding
April 27
2:58am DeKalb County is the first EOC to activate
5:09am First damage reported in Tuscaloosa
7:34am SEOC Activation Level 2
8:28am SEOC Activation Level 1
8:53am Report of first fatality, Cullman County
9:15am Governor Bentley issues a State of Emergency
4:57pm Brown’s Ferry Notification (NOUE)
6:00pm Governor Bentley and Director Faulkner hold a news conference
6:16pm Governor Request Emergency Assistance statewide from
President Obama under the Stafford Act (signed by President Obama
FEMA-3319-EM-AL)
During the day
•Governor activates National Guard
•22 Shelters open
•722 State Agency and Mutual Aid Responders are on duty
Events Unfolding
April 28
• Governor requests expedited Major Disaster Declaration.
• President signs Major Disaster Declaration (FEMA-1971-DR-AL)
• Incident Support Base at Maxwell AFB Mobilized
April 29
• President Obama, Governor Bentley and FEMA Administrator Fugate tour
Tuscaloosa
• Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Byrne does his
first over flight to view damage
• Initial Preliminary Disaster Assessment
performed.
• First housing inspections completed
DR-1971 by the Numbers
• 62 tornados
– Total path 1,177 miles long, 20 miles wide
• 247 fatalities
– 19 counties
• 88,050 registrations
– Over $66 million in FEMA grants to Individuals and
Households
– Nearly $75 million approved SBA loans
• Over 23,000 homes/apartments destroyed or heavily
damaged (via Red Cross)
• Debris
– 10 million cubic yards identified
– 90% removed in 90 days following April 27
Numbers as of 7/30/11
Commodities Deployed
Commodities from Maxwell AFB
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Water—127 truckloads
Ice—110 truckloads
MRE—64 truckloads
Other Logistics Coordinated
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Tarps
Cots
Showering Stations
Washers/Dryers
Port-a-lets
Fueling Operations
Generators
Moving Toward Recovery
May 1
• State requests Joint Preliminary Disaster Assessments (PDAs)
• DHS Secretary, SBA Administrator, HUD Secretary, USDA Secretary and
FEMA Administrator tour impacted area
• Disaster Recovery Centers 1-7 open
May 2
• Applicant Briefings for Public Assistance begin
May 5
• Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator appointed for Long Term
Community Recovery
May 10
• Joint Field Office (JFO) opened
May 10
• Operation Clean Sweep begins
May 14
• First funeral benefits dispersed
• First five survivor families move into temporary housing units in Phil
Campbell, Ala.
May 24
• Incident Support Base at Maxwell AFB Demobilized
Safer Alabama Summit
July 13, 2011
Tuscaloosa,
Alabama
Moving Toward Recovery
Wet Debris Mission
• Lake Martin
• 15,288 cubic yards
• Complete in 44 days
• Neely Henry Lake
• 5,598 cubic yards
• Complete in 38 days
Moving Toward Recovery
Long-Term Community Recovery
• Engage communities to develop goals and priorities
for long-term recovery
• Identify and establish partnerships with state, nonprofit and private sector organization to support
community recovery
• Conduct meetings in
communities that have
requested assistance
from LTCR
• Create a strategic plan
to meet long-term goals
Tuscaloosa
EMA before
and after
In Memory of Dean Ullock
Fly High Buddy
Alabama Emergency
Management Agency
P.O. Drawer 2160
Clanton, AL 35046
205-280-2200
www.ema.alabama.gov
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