Birmingham, AL -- Next Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, is the last day for Alabama tornado victims who have not yet registered for federal disaster assistance to apply for most disaster assistance programs, according to federal and Alabama Emergency Management Agency officials.
Homeowners, renters, farmers, agricultural producers and business owners in Alabama who sustained damage from storms and tornadoes between Nov. 5 - 12 are encouraged to apply. Call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to register. Those with hearing- or speech-impairments can register by calling TTY 1-800-462-7585.
Applicants may qualify for assistance under several federal and state programs such as disaster housing assistance, grants to meet disaster-related needs or U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans. The application deadline for SBA physical damage loans is also Jan. 13, 2003. SBA loan applications must be completed and returned to the SBA before further disaster assistance requests may be considered.
After the deadline, if questions about an application arise, applicants may reach FEMA by calling the Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. Helpline representatives are available to answer questions about the assistance process or the status of applications. The TTY Helpline number is 1-800-462-7585.
The 29 affected counties are Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Cullman, Dale, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jefferson, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.