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Alabama Disasters

April 2011 Severe Weather Outbreak

Catastrophic tornadoes on April 27, 2011, cut a path of destruction that resulted in more than 200 deaths, more than 1,000 injuries, and damage to thousands of homes and businesses in Alabama. Severe thunderstorms developed on April 14, from central Kansas south into northern Texas, and continued to move east, bringing severe thunderstorms into Mississippi and Alabama on April 15. Damages were reported across 28 counties. Seven confirmed fatalities and numerous injuries were reported statewide.

Although nothing can be done to prevent tornadoes, the Alabama Department of Public Health is committed to helping all residents be better prepared to take action for their health and safety. Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a warning, can help protect you and your family. Visit Preparation and Safety to learn more about protecting yourself and others.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010

On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, an explosion aboard the Deep Water Horizon, located off if the coast of Louisiana, sunk the drilling rig, causing oil to spill. The Alabama Department of Public Health and other state and federal agencies conducted several activities in response to the event. For more information, visit Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010.

Page last updated: May 13, 2021