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One Year After Katrina, Recovery in Alabama Continues: FEMA Aid at $970 Million

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August 24, 2006
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? Alabama's Disaster Recovery Operation By the Numbers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A year ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast with powerful winds and record storm surges.  Today, as recovery efforts continue, the goal of rebuilding homes, businesses, and indeed people's lives remains a priority for many local, state and federal agencies.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency have coordinated these efforts to reclaim Alabama from the wrath of Katrina, and the state and federal disaster assistance stands as a testament to this monumental undertaking.  Officials announced today that federal and state disaster assistance totals have reached a cumulative total of $970.5 million just days before the one year mark of Katrina.

"We have measured, and we will continue to measure Alabama's recovery one individual, one household, and one community at a time.  Whether it is assistance in finding long term housing, or aid to a community that finds it's struggling to rebound from the storm, FEMA will remain steadfast in support of all disaster recovery activities," said Transitional Recovery Office (TRO) Director Jeff Byard.  "We are also prepared to assist the state when future storms call for response and recovery."

"The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is in one of the best positions ever to respond to natural disasters," adds Bruce Baughman, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. "Earlier this year, Governor Bob Riley asked FEMA for pre-positioned supplies throughout the state, and now basically everything we asked for is in place and ready to go."

Federal Assistance in Alabama since August 29, 2005:

$127.2 million in assistance to individuals and families

  • 36,399 individuals and families received housing assistance totaling $89.6 million. This includes $63.7 million in rental assistance.
  • 30,235 Katrina survivors received $37.7 million for other essential needs.

$137.8 million in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans 

  • The SBA approved $95 million in loans to 2,476 homeowners and renters:
  • $35.6 million to 338 businesses,
  • $7.2 million in loans to 81 small business owners for working capital and repairs.

$634.5 million was approved for the following

  • Public Assistance (PA) approved more than $100 million for infrastructure costs, debris removal, protective measures such as emergency services and law enforcement, road and bridge repair and the restoration of public utilities.
  • FEMA approved a total of $5.6 million for crisis counseling services.
  • The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) disbursed $273.9 million in initial flood damage claims.
  • Alabama has received more than $1 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance for individuals who lost their jobs as a result of Katrina and were self-employed, or who were not covered by regular unemployment assistance.                                                
  • More than $254 million was obligated for mission assignments allowing for services, equipment and personnel from many federal agencies, the American Red Cross and other volunteer organizations. These services included the use of military aircraft for rapid needs assessment, immediate crisis counseling,...
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