Alabama Hurricane Katrina (DR-1605)

Incident period: August 29, 2005 to September 26, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 29, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 9, 2005
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As flood waters recede, opportunities for scam artists rise. The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), cautions those affected by Hurricane Katrina to be extra cautious in dealing with anyone who calls or comes to the door seeking work, information or money.
September 9, 2005
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency successfully piloted a new Expedited Assistance debit card program in three shelters in Texas. FEMA issued debit cards, totaling nearly $12.3 million in quick aid to evacuees. Additionally, in fewer than three days, expedited assistance through direct deposit and check provided more than 322,000 households across the nation with a "first installment" of what amounts to emergency cash for a total of more than $644 million.
September 9, 2005
News Release
BOSTON, Mass. -- Individuals and families who evacuated to New England from Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama need to register for disaster aid if they haven’t already done so, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “The important first step to receiving disaster aid for Hurricane Katrina losses is to register with FEMA,” said Ken Horak, acting regional director for FEMA Region I.
September 8, 2005
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency has contracted with five of the nation’s major corporations to speed emergency housing relief to Gulf Coast families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. These emergency contracts joined a new Housing Area Command created and led by FEMA to address the extreme housing needs of the region and the more than 1 million people who were forced to flee their homes because of the storm. While not all evacuees will require housing, currently 163,000 citizens of Louisiana are now residing in shelters.
September 8, 2005
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With hundreds of thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims finding themselves far from home in shelters, temporary quarters or with friends and families, FEMA is here to provide a first step towards a return to normalcy, through a toll-free number or an online application. The Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone who was adversely affected by the storm to call FEMA's toll-free teleregistration line at 1-800-621-FEMA or register online at: www.fema.gov. The hearing or speech impaired may call TTY 1-800-462-7585.
September 7, 2005
News Release
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- As the federal-state disaster recovery effort continues to reach out to Gulf Coast storm survivors with unmet needs, a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will make a stop in Dauphin Island City this coming weekend. The mobile center, staffed by Alabama and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recovery specialists and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan officers, has telecommunication and network computer links to assist registrants and provide updated information on applications already filed.

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