Disaster Recovery Update

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Release date: 
September 25, 2004
Release Number: 
1549-010

MOBILE, Ala. -- Life-sustaining disaster response measures continue to be the top priority 10 days after Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Alabama. The following serves as an update of disaster recovery activities:

  • More than 1.5 million gallons of water and 15 million pounds of ice have been distributed throughout the disaster area. 1.6 million Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) have been disbursed.

  • Trucks are moving supplies from 56 Staging Areas to comfort stations and distribution centers in disaster areas. In order to effectively manage the increasing supply of water and ice, an inventory of items is now being amassed at Maxwell AFB, to be distributed as needed throughout affected areas.

  • 114 generators have been installed at critical facilities including hospitals, police and fire stations through the combined efforts of the Alabama National Guard and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

  • 16,000 tarps have been distributed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to homeowners with damage to their roof in an effort to minimize further damage until permanent repairs can be made.

  • In coordination with the Interagency Management Teams (IMTs), roughly 620 people from the US Forest Service and other federal land management agencies are supporting FEMA in Alabama.

  • FEMA continues to operate base camps for federal disaster workers in Escambia County.

  • Alabamians have received more than $25 million in disaster aid, according to officials from Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

  • To date, 50,856 individuals called to apply for disaster assistance as a result of Hurricane Ivan.

  • Eligible applicants received more than $14.5 million in disaster housing assistance, which helps renters and homeowners whose primary residences were damaged or destroyed, as well as those who were displaced from their home due to the disaster.

  • Eligible applicants received nearly $9.5 million to help meet other essential needs, such as transportation and personal property repair or replacement not covered by insurance or other programs.

  • Approximately 125 FEMA/State community relations personnel are in the field providing outreach information in storm-damaged neighborhoods, and staffing distribution centers.

  • Six Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are located at the following facilities: Saraland Civic Center in Saraland, Evergreen Fire Station in Evergreen, Escambia County Agricultural Science Center in Brewton, Alabama Port Fire Department in Coden, Loxley Civic Center in Loxley and Lions Club Community Center in Atmore. DRCs provide information and written materials about various disaster assistance programs. The centers also offer tax advice, crisis counseling and disaster unemployment benefits. At the centers, loan officers from the U.S. Small Business Administration can answer questions about low-interest loans for homeowners, renters and business owners.

  • Counties approved for Individual Assistance include Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chilton, C...
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