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Non-Citizens May Be Eligible For Disaster Recovery Aid

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May 12, 2010
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Those affected by the Alabama storms and tornadoes of late April who are not U.S. citizens – but are in the United States legally – can still apply for disaster assistance, said officials from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

People issued a legal permanent resident card – commonly referred to as a “green card” – may apply for assistance if they have disaster-related losses. Other non-citizens who can apply with FEMA include those with legal resident status because of asylum, refugee status, and parole status, suspension of deportation status or status as victims of domestic violence.

In addition, parents and guardians of a child who is a citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien may apply for assistance on behalf of the child.

Applicants should register by calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 800-462-7585 and apply. Help in all languages is available. The toll-free telephone numbers are staffed everyday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, until further notice. People can also apply for disaster assistance online at

Once individuals are registered, FEMA disaster recovery specialists can answer questions about their application or review information FEMA needs to process the application. Recovery specialists can supply contacts for other programs that may be able to help.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations of all sizes. These loans are to repair or replace real estate, personal property and business contents damaged by the April storms and tornadoes.

Representatives will help complete and accept SBA disaster loan applications. Anyone not able to go to a DRC should call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., toll-free at 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-462-7585 for information and assistance, or visit the SBA Web site at or send an email to

The Alabama Emergency Agency is Alabama's coordinating agency for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Learn more at and follow the agency on Twitter (@AlabamaEMA).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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