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Governor Ivey holds press conference in Calhoun County after violent tornado

Kay Ivey
Associated Press


Governor Kay Ivey held a press conference in Calhoun County after tornadoes caused extensive damage in the area last week.

Over 230 miles of tornadoes ripped through Alabama on Thursday, March 25.  Ivey was hopeful and goal-oriented about the recovery process. She said she’s working with local, state and federal emergency officials to distribute disaster relief services. 

“As folks pick up the pieces, we’ll be doing all we can with a thorough assessment. If we need to, a threshold for additional assistance and financial assistance. Alabamians can count on me to go after all that we are able to claim,” she said.

Ivey expressed gratitude for community cooperation in the wake of the destruction. 

“We’re made of grit, compassion and resiliency. We’re a state where neighbors help neighbors. We love our people. We love our state, and it is truly rewarding to see neighbors helping neighbors. As governor, I’m here to say I’ve got your back,” she said. 

Later in the press conference, Brian Hastings, the Director of the Alabama Emergency Agency, addressed the audience. He echoed Ivey’s appreciation for Alabamians’ charitable efforts while touching on some important logistics. Hastings emphasized that the state relies on mayors and locals to collect damage information and send it to the county EMA. 

“Unless those damages are documented and collected through the county, it’s like nothing happened. We need to make sure we do everything we can for our individuals and also our government and public structures to afford Alabama the best opportunity to submit good information to Governor Ivey so she can submit a request to the President of the United States,” he said.

Individuals affected by last week’s tornadoes can call the 211 emergency hotline for information on how to receive assistance.

Libby Foster is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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