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2018-06-01 15:08 - News Release

ANNISTON, Ala. – Five weeks after the presidential disaster declaration following the March 19-20 tornadoes and storms that hit Alabama, families and individuals affected by the disaster have received a total of $2.64 million in federal funding to date. More than 1,385 people have applied for FEMA assistance. 

2018-05-30 16:00 - News Release

ANNISTON, Ala. – Jacksonville State University (JSU) was damaged by the March 19-20 tornadoes and severe storms that hit northeast Alabama as early damage assessments by JSU projected as much as $42 million in rebuilding costs.  

2018-05-29 14:24 - News Release

FEMA Registration RUMOR: Disaster assistance is only for people whose homes were damaged by the tornado. FACT: If you had damage as result of the tornadoes and severe storms March 19 through March 20 in Calhoun, Cullman or Etowah counties, you may be eligible for FEMA disaster assistance. For example, in Cullman County, residents reported damage from hail and they should register for FEMA assistance. RUMOR: Survivors can’t register if they have insurance.

2018-05-23 16:24 - News Release

ANNISTON, Ala. – FEMA and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency have made changes to the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Etowah, Calhoun and Cullman counties. The changes include:

2018-05-22 15:41 - News Release

ANNISTON, Ala. ­- Nonprofit organizations that experienced damage or losses from the tornadoes and storms of March 19-20 in Calhoun, Cullman, Etowah and St. Clair counties may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance to help them get back to the business of helping others.The FEMA Public Assistance program may reimburse eligible expenses incurred before, during and after the March 19-20 disaster event on a cost-share basis. The Federal cost-share for all categories of Public Assistance (PA) is 75 percent of total eligible costs.

2018-05-21 13:59 - News Release

ANNISTON, Ala. – Survivors of the Calhoun, Cullman and Etowah counties March tornadoes and storms who have lost important documents can use this guide to help obtain replacements.All of the organizations listed below offer online resources. If personal computers aren’t available, public libraries and other agencies may have computers available to the general public.DocumentWho to Contact for Replacement

2018-05-17 19:24 - News Release

Will FEMA Rebuild My Home the Way it Was?FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program provides financial assistance and direct services to eligible individuals and households who have uninsured and underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs.  The program is not a substitute for insurance and cannot pay for all losses caused by a disaster.  It is intended to meet basic needs and help you get back on your feet. FEMA is not empowered to make you whole.Who should apply for federal disaster assistance?

2018-05-15 23:04 - News Release

All disaster survivors, including people with disabilities, can access resources at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). All DRCs are equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors’ needs.If you have any questions about resources for the disabled or cannot transport yourself to a DRC call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 to request assistance.Resources and Services Available at DRCs include:

2018-05-14 15:12 - News Release

ANNISTON, AL — ­ If you are an Alabama survivor of the March tornadoes and storms who has been referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), it’s important that you complete and submit the loan application to ensure that your disaster recovery process continues to move forward.

2018-05-11 16:22 - News Release

ANNISTON, AL — Three Alabama EMA/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are opening Monday morning, May 14 in Calhoun, Cullman and Etowah counties.The DRCs provide a one-stop information center for homeowners and renters who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms and tornadoes from March 19 through March 20, 2018.“Business owners who had damage and who may be interested in talking to the Small Business Administration about a low-interest business loan also may want to visit one of the DRCs,” said Alabama’s State Coordinating Officer Brett Howard.