Tornado Recovery Efforts Reach Three-Month Milestone

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Release date: 
July 27, 2011
Release Number: 
1971-141

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Three months after the April storms and tornadoes, 90 percent of debris has been cleared from neighborhoods and more than $140 million in individual federal disaster assistance is helping survivors rebuild their lives.

The following numbers, compiled July 26, provide an overview of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency efforts to date:

Funds approved

  • $204 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove several million cubic yards of debris;
  • $66.8 million in assistance through the Individuals and Households program; of that, $48.3 million for housing assistance; $18.5 million to cover vital disaster-related needs, such as funeral expenses and essential personal possessions;
  • $76.6 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest disaster loans to eligible homeowners, renters or business owners;
  • $54.3 million to reimburse communities for the removal of debris and the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of eligible public facilities and infrastructure;
  • $33 million for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program managed by the state, which funds measures designed to save lives and property during future disasters.

“The progress we’ve made in the last three months is inconceivable when measured against the magnitude of the disaster that struck Alabama,” said Jeff Byard, the state coordinating officer.

“We’re committed to moving ahead with the recovery, every step of the way, alongside our state partners until all the work is completed,” added Michael Byrne, the federal coordinating officer.

Although the deadline to register for individual disaster assistance has passed, FEMA continues to work with volunteer agencies and the private sector to hasten the recovery effort. Anyone with questions about correspondence from FEMA should call the FEMA helpline toll free (800-621-3362/TTY 800-462-7585), from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. For questions about an SBA loan application, survivors can call the SBA toll free at 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 TTY, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.

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.

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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.

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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