Disaster Assistance For Alabama Tops $5 Million

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December 6, 2002
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Birmingham, AL -- More than $5 million in federal and state funds or loans have 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.

The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts since the presidential disaster declaration on November 14.

  • Federal and state governments have approved more than $5,192,555 in either grants or loans for residents and public agencies affected by the storms in 29 counties that were declared disaster areas.

  • More than 1,000 victims in those counties 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 $1.9 million in the aid pipeline to families, homeowners, and renters.

  • Grants totaling $879,854 have been approved for 356 eligible applicants to help provide housing assistance. Additional grants totaling $1,112,001 have been approved for 194 applicants to meet other needs.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 48 loans totaling $3,200,700 for the repair of homes and businesses, economic injury and replacement of damaged personal and business property.

  • Applications for public assistance have been filed by 23 governmental agencies to reimburse extra costs due to the storms and tornadoes and to share in the cost of repairing or rebuilding public facilities such as the Carbon Hill school, which was severely damaged.

  • 591 inspections have been made to verify damages to victims of the tornadoes.

Federal and state disaster officials urge persons who sustained losses as a result of storms and tornadoes in 29 Alabama counties Nov. 5 - 12 to apply for assistance by calling on FEMA's toll-free teleregistration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with hearing or speech impairments may call TTY 1-800-462-7585.

The deadline for applying for assistance is Jan. 13. Work on applications made before then will continue beyond that date. Officials also reminded storm victims that they will be able to receive help on their application by calling FEMA's Helpline, 1-800-621-3362.

Here is a breakdown of the amount of disaster assistance approved or disbursed for each county as of close of business 12/04/02. Dollars for counties with fewer than 10 applicants are included in the total figures but not shown for the individual county.

Designated Counties Cumulative Total $ Amount Approved
Cherokee 118 253,749.61
Cullman 125 138,591.02
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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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