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Federal Disaster Assistance For Alabamians Tops $100 Million

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June 23, 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — More than $100 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved for survivors of the spring storms and tornadoes.

This amount includes funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist survivors who had storm-related losses between April 15 and May 31.
There is still time for survivors to register for possible federal disaster assistance. The deadline to register is Monday, June 27. People can register by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585, or by visiting
“The funding that FEMA has approved so far is an incredible asset to assist survivors in our state,” said Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner. “I strongly encourage all Alabamians who had storm damages to register with FEMA and return their SBA applications before next Monday’s deadline so we can be better assured of a full recovery.”

Federal disaster assistance has been provided in 43 counties in the form of grants or low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and business owners who had storm-related damages to their home, vehicle, personal property, business or inventory.

Disaster assistance may include rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable, grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance.

More than $58 million in grants from FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program has been approved to replace personal property and to help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state or charitable aid programs. Of that amount, about $42 million has been approved for housing assistance and $16 million has been approved for other needs assistance.

More than $44 million in low-interest disaster loans from the SBA has been approved for homeowners, renters, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes to help with costs not covered by insurance.

“These federal disaster assistance funds provide a helpful hand to Alabama disaster survivors,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne. “The funds we have approved will assist in providing survivors the essential means to rebuild their lives after this catastrophic event.”

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.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistan...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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