Federal Assistance Continues For Spring Storm Survivors in Alabama

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Release date: 
September 8, 2011
Release Number: 
1971-163

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Survivors continue to receive federal assistance as Alabama recovers from the April storms and tornadoes.

To date, more than $70 million has been approved in grants to individuals and households to help with rental assistance, home repairs and other disaster-related needs. While recent disasters have caused the Federal Emergency Management Agency to temporarily delay funding some long-term projects, this does not affect individuals and households receiving FEMA assistance.

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Survivors receiving housing assistance are encouraged to work on a permanent housing plan and to keep FEMA informed about the status of insurance claims. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance benefits. However, FEMA may be able to provide assistance if an applicant is under insured. Survivors who have received a determination letter they disagree with may appeal that decision. A written appeal to FEMA must be postmarked within 60 days of receiving the determination letter.

Survivors living in FEMA-provided manufactured housing units must continue to work with their FEMA caseworker to maintain their eligibility every 30 days by showing they are working toward a permanent housing plan.

People with questions about disaster assistance funds should call the FEMA helpline 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. Phone lines are available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. Or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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