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Tornadoes Leave 19 Dead Across Southern US

A series of tornadoes tore through parts of the Deep South from January 21-22, 2017. At least 19 deaths are being blamed on 41 reported tornadoes in five southern states from Louisiana to South Carolina.

Per NBC News, the Governor declared a state of emergency for more than 15 counties in south central Georgia after storms left 12 dead and 23 injured. CNN reported that the Governor of Mississippi also declared a state of emergency following a Tornado that left four dead in Hattiesberg.

As of January 23, FEMA had not yet issued a disaster declaration for these storms, but the official FEMA Twitter account announced that it had “deployed liaison officers to AL, MS, GA, and FL to support response activities” with additional teams on alert.

For post crisis assistance in rebuilding housing and communities affected by the tornadoes, see the Housing Assistance Council’s report Picking Up the Pieces: Restoring Rural Housing and Communities After a Disaster.

State Disaster Recovery Resources