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EDA’s Thoughts are with All Those Affected by the Recent Disasters

Over the past two months, President Obama has signed Disaster and Emergency Declarations for a number of states impacted by recent natural disasters, particularly in the South and Midwest. The National Weather Service estimates that, so far, over 500 people have been killed by this series of storms.

In a statement released by the White House on May 23, the President expressed his sympathy for the citizens of Joplin, Missouri: “Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives in the tornadoes and severe weather that struck Joplin, Missouri as well as communities across the Midwest today.  We commend the heroic efforts by those who have responded and who are working to help their friends and neighbors at this very difficult time. At my direction, FEMA is working with the affected areas’ state and local officials to support response and recovery efforts, and the federal government stands ready to help our fellow Americans as needed.”

In Alabama, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and FEMA are offering Public Assistance grants in order to aid in the rebuilding of infrastructure in Alabama, particularly in Tuscaloosa. Information about FEMA assistance has been available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

At EDA, our thoughts are with all of the impacted communities and the many families and individuals who have been affected by the recent disasters, as well as with the responders who are aiding in recovery efforts.