natural disasters

A roof covered by a blue tarp

Six months later, Dadeville and Camp Hill still struggling to recover from twin tragedies

BY: - October 13, 2023

In the past, Martin Collins celebrated his son Marsiah’s birthday on Sept. 21 with ice cream and friends telling stories about him. Now Martin Collins often thinks about the birthdays his son will miss. In April, Collins was one of four young people killed in a mass shooting at a Sweet 16 party in Dadeville.  […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at a lectern, gesturing with his right hand at a crowd of reporters.

Battles over spending, farm bill, Ukraine and yet more loom over a divided Congress 

BY: , , and - September 12, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House and Senate are both back in D.C. on Tuesday following a long summer recess, facing an overwhelming agenda of unfinished work — funding the federal government and reauthorizing major programs set to expire at the end of the month. Congressional leaders and President Joe Biden have only a few weeks […]

Gov. Kay Ivey welcomes and introduces the Alabama Resilience Council

Alabama Resilience Council focuses on natural disaster preparedness, avoids climate change

BY: - August 31, 2023

A new state council Wednesday started developing responses to “harmful circumstances or harmful societal impacts” related to natural disasters. But the meeting lacked any discussion of climate change, the major force behind those intensifying disasters. The Alabama Resilience Council, holding its first meeting Wednesday, will focus on mitigating the impact of natural disasters, coordinating responses […]

Burned homes in Hawaii. Damaged trees can be seen in the foreground.

FEMA’s disaster relief fund is running low on cash. What happens now?

BY: - August 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund is in desperate need of cash, with the agency projecting at least a $4 billion deficit in the weeks ahead — even as the government responds to devastating fires in Hawaii and hurricane season continues. FEMA, however, won’t simply stop the response and recovery activities […]

A water tower saying Welcome to Camp Hill rises in the background over a tarp-covered roof.

Camp Hill still needs help months after storm

BY: - June 21, 2023

Camp Hill is still on the mend months after a hailstorm devastated the area, but dozens of residents are at risk of losing their homes without intervention. The town is recovering in steps but people in the town are still at risk of losing things, whether that’s through high-interest loans or storm damage. Warren Tidwell, […]

FEMA makes federal emergency aid available for counties hit by late March storms

BY: - May 5, 2023

Nearly six weeks after a storm tore through eastern Alabama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday that federal emergency aid will be available to Chambers, Colbert, Coosa, Elmore, Lauderdale, Macon, Marion, Morgan, Randolph and Tallapoosa counties after the storms, tornadoes and straight line winds in March. The storms did major damage to the town […]

‘A ghost town’: Camp Hill reeling after devastating storm, mass shooting

BY: - May 2, 2023

Everyone in Camp Hill remembers the night the hail fell.  Rosalie Bundy remembers the sound of rocks hitting her house. She was in bed on the night of March 26 when she heard the banging all over her house. She wasn’t sure what was going on. The only thing outside her house was her rocking chair. […]