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Monday is Last Day to Register for Federal Disaster Assistance

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July 18, 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Disaster survivors who sustained storm and tornado damages between April 15 and May 31 have one more day to register for federal disaster assistance.

About 86,000 survivors have already registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but those who have not must do so by Monday, July 18.

Registering with FEMA before the deadline opens the door for assistance to repair or rebuild survivors’ home, vehicle, personal property, businesses or inventory. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and FEMA encourage survivors who have not registered to do so quickly.

There are two ways to complete the registration process:

  • By phone—toll free 800-621-FEMA (3362). If a survivor has a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if they use 711 or Video Relay Service, call 800-621-3362. Lines are open 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Online—24 hours a day at or with a smartphone or tablet.

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. There are grants to replace essential 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.

Low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. They are the largest federal source of disaster funds for repairing or replacing damaged or destroyed property.

While survivors are not required to accept a disaster loan, completing the U.S. Small Business Administration application is essential to receiving other assistance from FEMA.

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). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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 assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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