Alabama governor to address state about tornadoes

Gov. Robert Bentley
Gov. Robert Bentley

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley will discuss Alabama's tornado damage and the state's response to it during a televised address to the state Legislature on Tuesday evening.

A spokeswoman for Bentley says the address from the Capitol will begin at 6 p.m.

The leaders of the House and Senate have assured the governor that the members will vote Tuesday to have the joint session for the governor's address.

In a press release Monday, Governor Bentley showed confidence in his state and its people after learning five more counties were added to the federal disaster list.

"Alabamians are going to recover from this tragedy.  I am thankful that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has added five more Alabama counties to the federal disaster declaration," said Governor Bentley. "These five new counties now have the maximum financial resources to pick up the pieces and start the recovery process."

The five counties added to the list are:

  • Chilton
  • Coosa
  • Pickens
  • Shelby
  • Talladega

Counties previously designated are Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Choctaw, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Limestone Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Sumter, St. Clair, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Washington, Walker and Winston.

"This is a huge step in rebuilding the lives of so many survivors who have lost what they have worked so hard for," said AEMA Director Art Faulkner. "In the midst of so much bad news, I hope this provides a glimmer of hope."

The Legislature typically only holds one joint session a year to hear from the governor and that's at the start of the legislative session for the governor to outline his legislative agenda. But the destruction from the tornadoes April 27 prompted Bentley to seek another joint session.

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