Birmingham, AL -- As the first week of response and recovery operations ended, more than $1.6 million in federal and state funds or loans has been received by or are on the way to Alabamians who suffered losses following storms and tornadoes that swept through the state between Nov. 5 - 12.
"It has been a good start, but we have a long way to go before we do all that can be done to help people get back on their feet," said State Coordinating Officer Lee Helms.
"And everyone should know that we will be here as long as it is necessary to complete that recovery mission," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Butler.
Here are some of the recovery actions taken in this first week of operations:
- In the first week of recovery operations federal and state governments have approved more than $1,625,322 million worth of assistance in grants and loans for residents and public agencies victimized by the storms in 29 counties that were declared disaster areas by the President.
- More than 800 victims in the 29 counties designated as disaster areas have applied for assistance, mainly to get temporary housing, replace lost possessions, or make emergency repairs to their homes.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reported more than $1.37 million in the aid pipeline to families, homeowners, renters.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved four loans totaling $249,700 for the repair of homes and businesses and replacement of damaged personal and business property.
- Family assistance grants totaling $1,375,622 have been approved for 274 eligible applicants to help provide temporary housing.
- Applications for public assistance have been filed by 20 governmental agencies for costs connected with the storms and tornadoes. A school at Carbon Hill was severely damaged.
- 450 inspections have been made to verify damages to victims of the tornadoes.