Ashley Furniture HomeStore Picks Up the Pieces in Alabama While Aiding Storm-torn Community Damaged Ashley Store in Fultondale, AL Transformed into FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

ARCADIA, Wis., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With two stores damaged by the fierce tornadoes that tore across Alabama, Ashley Furniture HomeStore (http://www.ashleyfurniturehomestore.com) is picking up the pieces while providing some much-needed relief for residents who are trying to recover.

The parking lot of Ashley's Fultondale store has been transformed into a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery center, where residents affected by the tornados can go to receive help. The store, which was fully staffed at the time the powerful twisters hit, is currently closed after suffering severe damage. No serious injuries were reported, but it could be several weeks before it'll open its doors for business. Another Ashley store in Tuscaloosa also suffered damage in the storms.

According to the FEMA website (www.fema.gov), the Fultondale recovery center at 3429 Lowery Parkway, as well as others throughout the region, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week with representatives from FEMA, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and other agencies on hand to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid. If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm losses should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

For those who'd like to help with recovery efforts, the Ashley Furniture HomeStores in Tuscaloosa, Huntsville and Hoover are currently collecting non-perishable food items, plastic storage bins and gently used luggage to be distributed to storm victims through local non-profit organizations.

About Ashley Furniture HomeStore

Ashley Furniture HomeStore, a top furniture retailer in the United States, delivers quality, affordable furniture to customers at more than 425 independently owned and operated locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Japan. Ashley Furniture HomeStore is an exclusive provider of furniture from Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., the largest furniture manufacturer in the United States.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Paulette Rippley
Media Relations
Ashley Furniture HomeStore
prippley@ashleyfurniture.com
(608) 323-3377

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