Alabama EMA and FEMA Announce Opening of Disaster Recovery Centers in Jefferson County to Help Survivors

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Release date: 
February 3, 2012
Release Number: 
4052-003

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Three disaster recovery centers are open in Jefferson County to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding on January 22-23. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.

Representatives from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the center to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Center Point City Hall
2209 Center Point Pkwy
Center Point, AL  35215

Clay Community Center
6413 Clay Palmerdale Road
Pinson, AL  35126

Oak Grove First Baptist Church
9161 Camp Oliver Road
Bessemer, AL  35023

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm losses should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY, 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual, and lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.

People can also register by computer online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. By smartphone or tablet, use m.fema.gov.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include grants for rental assistance and home repairs, low-interest loans from the SBA to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.

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.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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