HACKLEBURG, AL (WAFF) - The secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got a first hand look at the progress in Hackleburg a month after the deadly tornado ripped through the area. Sunday afternoon, Napolitano toured the area from the air then meet with members of the community.
"My message to the folks in Hackleburg is 'hang in there.' This is a strong, resilient community, people's roots go back a long ways, it will come back. I've seen other communities across the country come back from storms as bad as this one. It just takes perseverance and everybody working together," said Napolitano.
Congressman Robert Aderholt, who toured the damage with Napolitano, is also chairman of the homeland security committee. He told residents he plans to introduce a bill this week that will give an extra billion dollars to FEMA so they can continue their relief efforts.