BIRMINGHAM, Ala – This capsule of recent disaster recovery news is provided by the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Nearly three weeks after deadly tornadoes struck Alabama, state and federal officials are still reaching out to survivors – encouraging them to register with FEMA for disaster assistance. Disaster recovery centers continue to open in designated counties to give people a place to talk face-to-face with recovery specialists.
Take Charge of Your Recovery – Register Now
Don't put off calling FEMA to register for disaster assistance. Many of those affected by the storms 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.
Here are several ways to register:
- By visiting a disaster recovery center.
- 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 smartphone or tablet, go to m.fema.gov.
- By computer, go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Return Your SBA Loan Applications
If you received a Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan application after registering with FEMA, you need to complete and return it. You will not be required to take a loan, but you must return a completed application in order to be eligible for other disaster programs.
If you have questions about the SBA, call the SBA customer service center at 800-659-2955, go to www.sba.gov or visit a disaster recovery center.
What To Do If You Get a Letter From FEMA and Have Questions
Everyone who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance will receive a letter. The letter will address your status and the next step to take or explain how to spend grant money.
If you have questions, call FEMA’s helpline at 800-621-3362 or go to a disaster recovery center. By calling the helpline number, you can locate the nearest center.
Utilize Alabama’s 2-1-1 system
The state’s 2-1-1 is a two-fold resource that pairs volunteers with those who need help after the recent storms. Call 2-1-1 to find out about state or local resources, seek help or to volunteer in your community. You can also go online to www.ServeAlabama.gov.
Stay Current with Disaster Information Through Facebook
AEMA and FEMA continue to update a joint Facebook page to provide information on recovery efforts in the aftermath of the state's devastating tornadoes. It includes 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.