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Tornado Disaster Info.

This page is dedicated to the thousands of men and women who work in Alabama's hospitals and responded to the severe storms and tornadoes that devastated much of the state.  There were so many stories of employees who drove back to the hospital immediatly after the storm hit, dodging trees and downed powerlines to get to their patients and help.  There were also those employees who stayed at the hospital for two or three shifts to assist in any way they could, not knowing at the time what damage might have been done to their own property.  There were stories of hundreds of community members who sought shelter in the local hospital or who came to the hospital aftewards in need of oxygen or basic medications.  

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by this tragedy. Because recovery is on-going, and will be for some time, we will continue to list the resources shown below.

Tornado Recovery Action Commission Appointed
In an effort to study the state’s preparedness and response during disasters like the tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011, Governor Bentley recently appointed a Tornado Recovery Action Commission (TRAC) to gather information and submit a report on their findings by mid-January.  The 19-member Commission will hold community meetings in areas of the state affected by the storms and also engage a team of researchers to look into issues relating to the storms and the response that followed.  Headed by Ron Gray, a retired aerospace executive from Huntsville, the commission members appointed are as follows: Suzanne Durham, CEO, YWCA of Central Alabama, Birmingham; Dallas Fanning, retired Director of Urban Development, Huntsville; Grayson Hall, President and CEO, Regions Financial Corporation, Birmingham; David Hannah, business owner, Crossville; Evelyn Mauldin, Vice President, Bank Independent, Sheffield; Dr. Max Michael, Dean, UAB School of Public Health, Birmingham; Dr. Keith Morrow, Physician, Hackleburg Medical Clinic, Hackleburg; Brenda Parker, Principal, Alberta Elementary School, Tuscaloosa; Dr. Malcolm Portera, Chancellor, University of Alabama System, Tuscaloosa; Dr. Cathy Randall, Chairman, Pettus Randall Holdings, Tuscaloosa; Isabel Rubio, Executive Director, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, Birmingham;  Guice Slawson, Senior President, Southeast Wood Treating, Montgomery; Zeke Smith, Executive Vice President of External Affairs, Alabama Power Company, Birmingham; Finis St. John IV, Partner, St. John and St. John, Cullman; Rex Vaughn, Vaughn Farms, Huntsville; Michael Warren, President and CEO, Children's Health System, Birmingham; and Randall Woodfin, Attorney, Pratt City. 
 

  Community Resources
>> Reconnect with loved ones - Go to www.redcross.org/safeandwell to post messages to let loved ones in other parts of the country know you're all right.
>> Resources to help survivors, including volunteer opportunities.
>> Governor's toll-free recovery assistance line - (866) 465-2241
>> Federal disaster relief for presidentially declared disaster areas.
>> Governor's Faith-based page - information on volunteering and making donations


Hospital resources
>> Medical volunteers - Click here to register to help as a medical volunteer
>> Medicaid's emergency response for storm victims
>> FEMA assistance to disaster counties
>> Pharmacy resources
>> AlaHA Tornado-related disaster updates

For all AlaHA emergency preparedness information, contact Danne Howard, dhoward@alaha.org or (334) 834-3477.