Alabama Governor Robert Bentley spent much of the day Friday touring the tornado damage in Pike County and speaking with officials and residents about the clean-up process. Gov. Bentley promised those in need that they would get help.
The governor stopped at one of the hardest hit areas and viewed wreckage left behind by an EF-2 tornado at the Brantley Mobile Home Park. He also stopped at a home on County Road 2214. Residents are already working to recover.
Bentley traveled with Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner. Both assured victims that they were working with local officials and local EMA directors to connect them with the resources they need.
Many of those who met with the governor said they were trying to come to terms with all the destruction.
Bentley said he was drawing from experience learned after the April 27, 2011 tornadoes to help the storm victims. He said the most important thing was to make sure local leaders, the mayors, sheriff's, and the volunteer and faith-based groups were trained and equipped to hand the situations ahead of time.
Storm survivors who need assistance should call 2-1-1 or 1-888-421-1266. An operator can give those in need information about various helpful resources and agencies that can provide assistance.
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is working to obtain federal help for those affected by the storms.
Alabama has never seen a tornado on Christmas Day, according to records kept since 1950. Tuesday's storm produced a staggering 15 EF-0, EF-1 and EF-2 tornadoes across the central and southern part of the state.
Only one fatality, an elderly man from Butler County, is blamed on the storm system, but investigators say that death is attributed to strong winds and not a tornado.
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