By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Monday, April 27, was the fourth anniversary of the 2011 tornadoes which struck the State of Alabama doing unprecedented damage to counties across the State.
US Representative Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) wrote on Facebook, “On this 4th anniversary we remember the lives lost, the lives changed and the scars left to our landscape. We remember April 27, 2011.”
US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) wrote, “As I think back upon the April 27, 2011 tornadoes- I am reminded that times such as those can bring out the best in us. Most Americans in general and Alabamians in particular are not people who sit back and wait for the government to show up to take care of them. Even though it took a couple of days for FEMA to get to Alabama, people did not wait to get started with the relief effort. When word got out about the devastation, hundreds of volunteers poured in to help with the recovery. Churches from a multitude of denominations across Alabama and from neighboring states began loading trucks with food, clothing and other badly needed supplies and sent them to the town. Volunteers came with chain saws and equipment for removing debris while others served food or helped with the unloading of trucks. This is what self-government is really all about: people taking responsibility to help one another without being made to or told to. They do it because it is who they are, it is how they were raised. There are countless examples of people loading up whatever supplies and equipment they could and going to help. It’s what Alabamians do when others are in need … we roll up our sleeves and help people get back on their feet.”