Rebuilding Alabama is not simply an equation of bricks and mortar. Effective recovery from the events of April 27 will require strategic planning to rebuild a stronger Alabama and to be better prepared for a wide variety of potential natural disasters in the future.
The Role of the Tornado Recovery Action Council
Our mission was clear: Document what happened that day; determine what went right and what could have been done better; and propose solutions not only to promote a recovery, but also to improve preparation for future disasters by addressing vulnerabilities exposed by the storms.
We did this several ways. First, we visited areas of our state that were directly affected. We asked residents and community leaders how they were warned about the storms, what they thought of the response and which direction they wanted to see their communities take for the future. Their feedback was invaluable. We also heard from people through our website and through the members of our Council.
Second, we met with Governor Bentley’s Cabinet members to solicit their reactions to how the state performed and their ideas about what they might have done differently.
Third, we sent our team of researchers and writers out to interview weather experts, nonprofit leaders, response coordinators, building officials and others — anyone who might be able to offer insight and input as we prepared our report.
Hundreds of hours of research culminated in our final report, which features 20 recommendations approved by our Council and delivered to you in four chapters: Prepare, Warn, Respond and Recover.