Thursday, April 12 2012 4:09 PM EDT2012-04-12 20:09:27 GMT
Students at the University of Alabama hunkered down as a massive, mile-wide tornado came within a mile of the campus that houses thousands of people. It became the site of terror many of them had never experienced before.More >>
The spring of 2011 is shaping up to be a record-breaking season for weather fatalities. At 45, the number of people who have died from April storms now matches the total number of weather fatalities in 2010.More >>
SMITHVILLE, MS (RNN) - The National Weather Service has determined a twister that struck Smithville, MS during Wednesday's deadly tornado outbreak was an EF-5, producing winds of 205 miles per hour.More >>
President Barack Obama and his family toured the shattered remains of storm-ravaged neighborhoods in Tuscaloosa, AL, and offered hope and help as 19 Alabama counties and seven states attempt to recover from storms that killed more than 300 people.More >>
On August 29, 2011, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced the formation of the Tornado Recovery Action Council, or TRAC.
The group of industry and government leaders had a simple mission; to help Alabama recover and be better prepared for the next disaster.
"There's no question that our state is in a much better state of severe weather preparedness than we were April 26th of 2011," said Ron Gray, TRAC Executive Director.
TRAC members conducted research and worked to come up with 20 key ways to improve Alabama's response before and after a disaster.
"They just did a great job and made recommendations to us. We have already put in place four of those 20 recommendations," said Bentley.
The state has already declared a disaster preparedness tax holiday and rolled out a state-wide text alert system called Safe-T-Net with the help of private industry.
"We believe that particular recommendation that we provided in that area will have the potential to dramatically change the way our citizens react to storm weather warnings," Gray said about the system.
Other long term measures are on the way including: building more community shelters, installing more warning sirens, creating a contractor registry and using the state's universities to research and teach students how to help with recovery.
"I'm excited that our state is leading this country in all facets of preparedness and response to severe weather outbreaks," Gray added.
Critics have said the recommendations have been enacted too slowly. Gray said many of them were designed to be long-term recommendations that will take several months or years to implement. He said he feels that Alabama is on the right track to becoming better prepared.
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Friday, December 13 2013 12:56 AM EST2013-12-13 05:56:41 GMT
A young woman was brutally attacked after approaching a neighbor's house to borrow an ingredient for dinner. Now, the attackers are still on the run, and police are in a big hurry to find them. The victimMore >>
Two men have been arrested for the brutal attack on a young woman who approached a neighbor's house to borrow an ingredient for dinner.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:19 PM EST2013-12-13 04:19:08 GMT
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is teaming up with the Tennessee Highway Patrol to crackdown on drunk driving during the holiday season. Thursday kicked off MADD's annual "Tie One On" For Safety campaign. ItMore >>
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is teaming up with the Tennessee Highway Patrol to crack down on drunk driving during the holiday season.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:07 PM EST2013-12-13 04:07:57 GMT
Metro officers said they found a man who was so intoxicated they had to use extreme measures just to get his attention. Officers found Regis Carney asleep Wednesday night in a Wendy's drive-thru line. PoliceMore >>
Metro officers said they found a man who was so intoxicated they had to use extreme measures just to get his attention. More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:52 PM EST2013-12-13 03:52:48 GMT
A Middle Tennessee nurse faces felony charges of prescription fraud. Police arrested April Collier during a drug round-up. But she said the police have it all wrong. This isn't the first time Collier,More >>
A Middle Tennessee nurse faces felony charges of prescription fraud.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:39 PM EST2013-12-13 03:39:31 GMT
A new study on milk is fueling the debate over organic versus conventional foods. The headline from the study said organic milk is healthier. That's good news for organic dairy farmers, but should it worryMore >>
A new study on milk is fueling the debate over organic versus conventional foods.More >>
The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial told a local newspaper that he was hallucinating and hearing voices.More >>
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial says he suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinated and saw angels while gesturing incoherently just 3 feet away from President Barack Obama and other world...More >>
Police say a man was so drunk that officers had to use some extreme measures to get his attention. According to police reports, at man at a Wendy's drive-thru in Nashville was so drunk he could not hearMore >>
Police say a man was so drunk that officers had to use some extreme measures to get his attention.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:51 PM EST2013-12-13 03:51:02 GMT
(WFAA/KTVT/CNN) - A Texas teenager killed four people while driving drunk and his attorney chose an unusual defense to keep him out of prison. Ethan Couch got drunk then jumped behind the wheel of hisMore >>
A Texas teenager killed four people while driving drunk and his attorney chose an unusual defense to keep him out of prison.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 9:54 PM EST2013-12-13 02:54:15 GMT
Police are looking for a 70-year-old man with dementia who went missing in Nashville Thursday morning. Thomas Lee Mason left his home around 7:30 a.m. and has not been seen since. Mason shares a home withMore >>
Metro police have found a 70-year-old man with dementia who was missing most of Thursday.More >>
One person was taken to the hospital after a crash in Joelton Thursday morning. A pickup truck went into a field off Clarksville Pike near Harper Road. The person was taken to Vanderbilt University MedicalMore >>
One person was taken to the hospital after a crash in Joelton on Thursday morning. A pickup truck went into a field off Clarksville Pike near Harper Road.More >>