Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding (DR-1466)

Incident period: May 5, 2003 to May 30, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 12, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 9, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- Four weeks after President Bush issued a major disaster declaration for Alabama, state and federal financial assistance to help individuals, families and businesses recover from losses suffered in the severe storms, floods and tornadoes of May exceeds $13.4 million. Of that figure, more than $6.9 million was approved for 2,942 Housing Assistance grants. Nearly $4 million was approved for 1,147 Other Needs Assistance grants to help with disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or met by charitable organizations.
June 5, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- Disaster officials want to assure Alabamians who suffered damages because of May's storms that there are sufficient funds to cover eligible losses. "We want to encourage all affected residents and business owners in the 38 disaster-declared counties to apply for the assistance they may need," said Gracia Szczech, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the federal coordinating officer for the Alabama disaster recovery.
June 3, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- Three weeks after President Bush issued a major disaster declaration for Alabama, state and federal financial assistance to help individuals, families and businesses recover from losses suffered in the severe storms, floods and tornadoes of May exceeds $10 million. Of that figure, more than $6.1 million was approved for 2,482 Housing Assistance grants. Nearly $3.4 million was approved for 874 Other Needs Assistance grants to help with disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or met by charitable organizations.
June 2, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- Applicants for disaster assistance who receive a loan application from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) should take the time to fill it out - even if they don't want a loan. Disaster recovery officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) said many people who register by calling the toll-free number - 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) - will receive an SBA loan application within seven to ten days of making the call.
May 30, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- Alabamians who have lost work as a direct result of May's severe storms, tornadoes and flooding and who do not qualify for state jobless benefits may be eligible for unemployment assistance under a disaster program, disaster recovery officials said. Triggered by President Bush's May 12 major disaster declaration for Alabama, the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the state of Alabama.
May 29, 2003
News Release
Birmingham, AL -- A disaster information Helpline is available to Alabamians who already have applied for disaster assistance and either need more information about programs or wish to check the status of their applications. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free Helpline number is1-800-621-FEMA (3362). There is a TTY number - 1-800-462-7585 - for applicants with speech or hearing impairments.

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