Two weeks after a barrage of violent tornadoes and straight line winds swept across Alabama, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency continue working alongside federal, state, local and private partners in the recovery mission across the state. Following is a brief overview of recent recovery news.
Take Charge of Your Recovery – Register Now
Don't put off calling FEMA to register for disaster assistance. Many people may have losses not covered by auto or homeowners' policies. The same goes for renters. There are FEMA grants to assist with temporary housing, personal property losses and serious disaster-related needs.
There are three easy ways to register. Remember, it is critical FEMA has a contact number.
- By phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. For the speech or hearing impaired, the number is TTY 800-462-7585.
- By computer, go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- By smartphone or tablet, go to m.fema.gov.
FEMA Calls on Survivors to Submit Insurance Information
FEMA representatives are making calls to nearly 15,000 people who registered with FEMA and told us they have insurance coverage. This is part of our larger state/federal effort to make sure survivors have a safe and sanitary place to live. Specifically, FEMA representatives will be asking about survivor's insurance coverage so we will know more about their individual circumstances and what assistance we can provide.
Here's what applicants can do:
- Gather your insurance documents and any settlement information and have the documents ready.
- Write your name, FEMA registration number and DR-1971 on each page.
- Send a copy of these documents to FEMA by visiting a disaster recovery center or faxing it to 800-827-8112.
Facebook Page Created for Disaster Assistance Information
AEMA and FEMA have launched a joint Facebook page to provide information on recovery efforts in the aftermath of the state's devastating tornadoes, including assistance tips, advice on the registration process and voluntary agencies.
The link is: www.facebook.com/AlabamaEMA. Everyone is invited to share information on helping those who have been affected by the storms.
Those using Twitter can receive updates by following www.twitter.com/AlabamaEMA and www.twitter.com/femaregion4. For anyone who is not on Twitter, but would like to receive updates through text message, text follow AlabamaEMA and follow femaregion4 to 40404. Standard text message rates will apply to these updates.
Those with a website, who would like to help us spread the word on how to apply for disaster assistance, please embed a new disaster survivor widget on your site. You can grab the code from this page: http://go.usa.gov/b5d.
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.