Recovery Effort Continues With More Disaster Assistance, Debris Removal

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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 $73 million in federal disaster assistance is helping survivors rebuild their lives.

Almost $60 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 2, provide an overview of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency/Federal Emergency Management Agency efforts to date:

Funds approved

  • $48 million in assistance through the Individuals and Households program
    o Of that, $33.9 million for housing assistance 
    $14.2 million to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as funeral expenses and lost personal possessions
  • $25.6 million approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest disaster loans to eligible homeowners, renters or business owners


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

Disaster Recovery Centers Change Operating Hours
All Alabama disaster recovery centers have changed their operating hours.

The centers will no longer be open on Sundays. Beginning Monday, June 6, all recovery centers will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.

To date, more than 23,000 Alabamians have visited one of the nearly 50 recovery centers that have been deployed to designated tornado-struck counties since May 1.

Representatives from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management AgencyU.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies 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.

Survivors of the April tornadoes have until Monday, June 27, to register for assistance. Those who have not registered for assistance are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Crisis Counseling
The Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal, state, and local agencies have partnered to reactivate Project Rebound in the tornado-affected parts of the state. Project Rebound is a federally funded initiative that groups in Alabama have instituted when a natural disaster occurs.

Those emotionally impacted by the disaster, may call 800-367-0955 for help. Additional free resources for parents or teachers may...

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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