It has been seven days since the devastating round of severe weather moved through Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, leaving behind hundreds of fatalities, thousands of injuries, and tens of thousands in need.
FEMA, along with other local, state, and national agencies, have been on the ground providing assistance for a solid week.
They are ably assisted by organizations like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, along with other voluntary and faith-based organizations who are providing meals, shelter and other relief supplies.
Late yesterday FEMA released a timeline of the joint response to this disaster, which may be viewed at:
Southern Storms: Overview Of Recovery And Support Efforts By FEMA, The Federal Government, And Our Partners
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.*