Local officials met with U.S. Senator Doug Jones a little over a month after tornadoes ripped through Lee county.
U.S. Senator Doug Jones visited Lee county in March shortly after the storm to thank first responders, volunteers and to speak with victims. Today, he met with the local officials to see what concerns need to be addressed in Washington.
Jones says that during the meeting EMA directors and FEMA addressed where they are with their clean up process and rebuilding of homes. He says right now the main focus is learning from this storm, better preparing for future storms, and making sure that the victims have access to recovery resources.
“Talking about communication, talking about things that we might can do from the federal level, from mitigation from disaster, whether it’s shelters, whether it’s roads, any number of things that we might can do to help that’s what we’re kind of looking at. The other thing we’re kind of looking at that I’ve asked them to do how we can cut through some red tape,” Jones said.
Jones says that with all the help lee county is receiving from the community and it’s officials he sees Lee county coming back from this storm even stronger. Local officials say that as they move forward from the storm they are looking for ways to place shelters in areas throughout Lee county where people are more vulnerable.