Individual Assistance Direct Housing Supervisor, FEMA
Don Normand arrived in Clanton, Alabama on April 29, 2011 after an F-5 tornado destroyed most of the community. The tornado was one of 64 that impacted Alabama, killing 241 people.
As Individual Assistance Direct Housing Supervisor, Don worked quickly to identify and secure sites for FEMA temporary housing units (THUs), and licensed and housed the first disaster victims into the THU. Don continued to house survivors in some of the hardest hit areas in Franklin and Marion Counties.
Since 1977, Don has worked in disaster assistance, traveling and helping survivors of disasters at FEMA and at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that we work together as a nation to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.