Statements from Shelby, Cramer, Riley, Alexander, and Corker

Statements from Shelby, Cramer, Riley, Alexander, and Corker

Shelby announces Red Cross assistance available for tornado victims

WASHINGTON, DC Friday, February 6, 2008-- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), today announced that the American Red Cross is responding to the tornadoes that touched down in North Alabama this morning.  The Red Cross will provide food, shelter and other assistance to tornado victims.

"I encourage anyone who needs assistance as a result of this morning's tornadoes to contact the Red Cross," said Shelby.  "My staff in Alabama and in Washington has been in touch with state and federal emergency management personnel and local officials to determine the extent of the damage and destruction.  I will continue to monitor the situation and remain in close contact with federal, state and local officials as they move forward in their clean-up and recovery efforts."

For questions or assistance, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS or

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Bud Cramer (Ala.-05) made the following statement on the severe weather that struck North Alabama and other parts of the Southeast:

"This series of storms resulted in the tragic loss of lives and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this difficult time.  I support Governor Riley's decision to ask for federal disaster assistance and I will work with him and FEMA to bring this assistance as quickly as possible."

Governor Riley Issues Statement on Deadly Tornadoes

MONTGOMERY - Governor Bob Riley issued the following statement about the deadly tornadoes that hit north Alabama early Wednesday:

"Early this morning I spoke with President Bush on the phone and he assured me his administration stands ready to help Alabama if we need federal assistance.  State agencies are already working closely with local officials and first responders to help the victims of these terrible storms.  Teams from our Alabama Emergency Management Agency are in those communities right now helping with recovery efforts.  These communities can rest assured that the state is prepared to deal with any emergency requests.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this very difficult time."

Alexander, Corker Statements on the Storm Devastation in Tennessee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) made the following statements today regarding the storm devastation in Tennessee.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to every Tennessean impacted last night by the storms, particularly those whose loved ones were injured or killed," said Alexander. "We are continuing today to be in communication with Governor Bredesen and with local officials and will do everything within our ability to respond to the needs of the Tennesseans and the communities affected in a comprehensive and timely fashion. We urge everyone today who may be affected by additional storms to take proper precautions and consider safety first."

"We are continuing to follow reports of the extensive damage, injuries and tragic fatalities caused by the severe weather across Tennessee, and our thoughts and prayers are with all of those families who have been devastated by this disaster," said Corker. "I know that local and state officials are working hard and providing much-needed leadership and support for their citizens, and we stand ready to offer any assistance we can."