Alabama Tornado Response

Bruce Freeman
Hackleburg IMT– Ops Section Chief
Alabama Emergency Management
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
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
• Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Byrne does his
first over flight to view damage
• Initial Preliminary Disaster Assessment
• 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
– 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
Water—127 truckloads
Ice—110 truckloads
MRE—64 truckloads
Other Logistics Coordinated
Showering Stations
Fueling Operations
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
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
EMA before
and after
In Memory of Dean Ullock
Fly High Buddy
Alabama Emergency
Management Agency
P.O. Drawer 2160
Clanton, AL 35046
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