MOBILE, Ala. -- Alabamians impacted by Hurricanes Ivan have 30 days to register for disaster assistance with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The registration deadline is March 3, 2005.
Individuals can begin the disaster application process by calling the toll-free registration number, 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing- or speech-impaired. Representatives at the toll-free telephone numbers are available from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CST), seven days a week until further notice. You can also register online at www.fema.gov.
“It’s crucial for anyone suffering damages or losses from Hurricane Ivan to register for available federal aid in these final days before the deadline passes,” said Alabama State Coordinating Officer Bruce Baughman.
To date, more than 162 thousand individuals have registered for disaster aid. FEMA already has approved more than $600 million statewide including $174 million for individual assistance programs
As the deadline approaches, FEMA offers these reminders:
- Contact FEMA if your insurance settlement doesn’t cover all of your damages. FEMA can’t pay your deductible, but you may be either uninsured or under-insured for certain expenses or losses and there may be other ways that FEMA can help.
- If you receive a U.S. Small Business Administration packet, fill it out and return it immediately. The loan application provides key information needed to refer you to the appropriate agency. By not returning the application, you could miss out on other assistance.
“FEMA has been committed from the beginning to helping Alabamians recover from this disaster”, said Tony Russell, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer. “We want to make sure everyone who is eligible for assistance receives it. Registering before the March 3 deadline is the only way to guarantee your circumstances will be considered.”
FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.