May 1, 2011 by USA Post
Birmingham Alabama, Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, toured one of the most affected districts of Birmingham on Sunday to offer condolences and pledge support for local residents and emergency workers.
She briefly met two sisters whose house was destroyed by storms last week. Stephanie Anderson and Sheila Hurd were collecting clothes strewn across the street from the pile of debris that was in her mother’s house.
Anderson thanked Napolitano for coming to the area. She said she appreciated the efforts of all who have responded, including rescue personnel recovered the remains of her mother.
The sisters found her mother, aged 72, Bessie Brewster, in the county morgue.
Hurd says: “I do not know how, who did what, but we found it.”
After touring the devastated areas, Napolitano told reporters: “I do not think words can express enough the level of devastation that I am not articulate enough.”
She pledged continued federal support for Alabama and other states that were hard hit by tornadoes.
Birmingham Mayor William Bell thanked Napolitano and the federal government for what he described as a quick response. He said federal officials had called in about 30 minutes the storm hit.
“We want to thank them for being” Johnny on the spot “from the beginning,” he said.
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