A week ago, states and communities across the southern U.S. were affected by a series of deadly tornadoes. Tragically, many lost friends and loved ones, while even more lost their homes, possessions, and peace of mind. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected the storms and tornadoes as we support our state and local counterparts in the ongoing response efforts. A lot has been said and done since the tornadoes struck, and we wanted to provide a quick recap of the ongoing federal support, while looking back at our blog posts from the week.
- We continue to encourage disaster survivors to apply for assistance. Currently, federal assistance is available to individuals and business owners in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. As of noon on May 5, more than 42,000 people have registered for assistance and more than $17.9 million in grants has been approved for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
In addition to these three ways survivors can apply, they can also visit a disaster recovery center in their area and search for disaster recovery centers on their smartphone.
- We continue to work closely with the entire emergency management team, and especially our state and local counterparts, as we move supplies to the affected area and address the housing and sheltering needs of survivors.
- The day after the storms struck, Administrator Fugate visited Alabama to survey damage and meet with state and local officials. Many other officials from the federal government visited the affected areas as well, including President Obama and members of his Cabinet.
- After disaster strikes, many around the country want to offer their support in whatever way they can, so we will continue to get the word out about where you can volunteer or donate to help disaster survivors. Be wary of scam artists that show up after a disaster as well, and be familiar with these tips.
We will continue to update this blog on a daily basis, sharing our role in the recovery efforts, as well as what our partners are doing. And while the recovery will continue in the south, we are closely monitoring the threat of flooding in some of these impacted states and across much of the Central U.S. As always, we stand ready to assist our state counterparts in minimizing damage to life and property.