As members of the Alabama delegation, we write in strong support of Governor Kay Ivey's request for a federal disaster declaration for Cullman, St. Clair, Calhoun, and Etowah counties.
On March 19, 2018, severe storms and tornadoes touched down in the eastern part of Alabama and caused catastrophic damage in 27 counties across the state. In less than 24 hours, Governor Ivey declared a State of Emergency. Local emergency management agencies aided the impacted residents and, with assistance from regional FEMA officials, prepared their Preliminary Damage Assessment. State officials have estimated substantial damages across these counties.
Considering the scope and intensity of this natural disaster, we ask that you carefully review Governor Ivey's request and approve a federal disaster declaration. In doing so, you will allow thousands of Americans to begin the slow process of rebuilding their lives after this terrible incident.