HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- It has been less than two weeks since federal Major Disaster Declarations were issued for three Alabama counties struck by severe spring storms and tornadoes. In that time period more than $500,000 in disaster assistance has been approved to help with the recovery, announced officials with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"Residents of DeKalb, Marshall and Walker counties have been diligent in applying for assistance during this recovery period. That assistance is being approved quickly. We know there are still people who may have disaster related losses and it is important that they register with FEMA as quickly as possible." said State Coordinating Officer Brock Long.
W. Michael Moore, federal coordinating officer for Alabama disaster recovery, said more than 170 Alabamians affected by the late April storms and tornadoes have already received disaster assistance.
"FEMA is still working hard with our state and local partners to reach out to all eligible storm survivors to help them resume their normal lives as quickly as possible," Moore said.
Long and Moore urged those who sustained disaster-related damages to register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are staffed seven days a week, 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. until further notice. Help in all languages is available.
The counties under the disaster declaration for Individual Assistance are DeKalb, Marshall and Walker.
The three counties are also eligible for FEMA Public Assistance that reimburses state agencies and local governments for eligible disaster-related emergency measures and repair and replacement of damaged roads, bridges, public buildings and other infrastructure. The reimbursement is on a cost-share basis – 75 federal, 25 percent state-local.
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is Alabama's coordinating agency for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Learn more at www.ema.alabama.gov 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.