More Than $70 Million In Federal Assistance To Tornado Survivors

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Release date: 
June 3, 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Five weeks into the Alabama tornado recovery, debris is being cleared from neighborhoods and more than $70 million in federal disaster assistance is helping survivors rebuild their lives.

More than $57 million has come from housing assistance grants for those displaced by the tornadoes and low-interest disaster loans that spread the cost of recovery over many years.

The following numbers, compiled June 1, provide an overview of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency/Federal Emergency Management Agency efforts to date:

Funds approved

  • $47.2 million in assistance through the Individuals and Households program
    o Of that, $33.4 million for housing assistance
    $13.8 million to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as funeral expenses and lost personal possessions
  •  $24.1 million approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest disaster loans to eligible homeowners, renters or business owners


  • 42,153 damaged homes and property have been inspected (99 percent of requests)
  • 23,845 visits to disaster recovery centers
  • 18,694 survivors have met with FEMA risk-reduction specialists at local home improvement centers to obtain tips about low-cost ways to rebuild stronger and safer
  • 108 disaster unemployment assistance claims approved
  • All 67 counties are eligible for the cost-share reimbursement program for emergency protective measures and debris removal (33 counties are eligible for the cost-share reimbursement program for repair and replacement of infrastructure such as roads, bridges and public utilities)
  • 43 counties declared for individual assistance
  • 27 disaster recovery centers currently operating


  • 4 million cubic yards removed
  • 2-1-1 – the number to call if you need help moving debris to the curb

Local, state and federal managers are asking that survivors separate debris into six categories and move it to the curb or public right of way. The categories are: electronics, large appliances, household hazardous waste, vegetative debris, construction debris and household garbage. For more information go online to or call your local emergency management.

FEMA continues to work with volunteer agencies and the private sector to hasten the recovery effort. But the June 27 registration deadline is approaching. Survivors in designated counties are urged to apply for disaster assistance.

They can register using the following methods:

  • By phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. Assistance is available in many languages. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, the
    TTY number is 800-462-7585.
  • By smartphone or tablet, use
  • By computer, go online to

Anyone with questions about correspondence from FEMA shoul...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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