TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Ganell Bottomlee had just finished moving her mother into an assisted-living facility last week when she heard about the tornadoes. Within hours, she grabbed her “to-go bag” and drove two hours north from Wetumpka, Ala.

She won’t go home again for at least 30 days.

Bottomlee is one of more than 125 Federal Emergency Management Agency community relation liaisons fanning out across Alabama this week, armed with leaflets, cell phones, patience and charm. Long after most camera crews have disappeared, the liaisons will be here answering logistical questions, ensuring that damage assessments are completed quickly, or providing bear hugs to those in need.

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