Birmingham, Ala.—All 27 Alabama disaster recovery centers will remain open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.
The recovery centers will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. to assist survivors of the April tornadoes.
Representatives from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will staff the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors through the recovery process.
Survivors can find the closest center by using the online disaster recovery center locator at /drclocator. They can also call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362), which is the same number to register for disaster assistance.
Before going to a recovery center, survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Help is available in most languages. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585.
Persons affected by the storms can also apply for federal assistance through a smartphone or tablet. Visit m.fema.gov and follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”
FEMA also will be offering free risk-reduction consultations on Sunday and Memorial Day at home improvement and hardware stores.
These FEMA specialists will be on hand at display tables to answer questions and offer home improvement tips and proven techniques to prevent or lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared to do-it-yourself work and building contractors.
Also, if you’re thinking of building a safe room, literature is available about the best options. Safe rooms built to FEMA specifications have saved thousands of lives.
Advisers will be available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the following locations:
1836 U.S. Highway 78 E.
Jefferson County (two locations) Marvin's Building
Lowe’s 6345 Chalkville Road
1885 Edwards Lake Rd. Trussville
11190 U.S. Highway 431 S.