From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
From extreme drought, heat waves and floods to unprecedented tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, wildfires and winter storms, a record 12 weather and climate disasters in 2011 each caused $1 billion or more in damages — and most regrettably, loss of human lives and property. NOAA’s National Weather Service has redoubled its efforts to create a “Weather-Ready Nation”, where vulnerable communities are better prepared for extreme weather and other natural disasters.
Learn more about the record breaking disasters that occurred in 2011 and how to stay safe by becoming weather-ready.
Tuscaloosa tornado damage. Image from the National Weather Service.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working hard to provide shelter, food, and water for people whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by tornadoes last week.
If you need help, there are three ways to apply for assistance:
- Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov
- Register through a web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov
- Call 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
If you are in touch with anyone affected by the tornadoes, please share this information with them.