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2019-04-05 16:53 - News Release

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On March 3, several tornadoes tore into eastern Alabama, including an EF-4 storm that churned across Lee County.A little more than a month later, recovery for survivors is promising. Yet, there is still much more to do.As of April 4, 2019

2019-04-02 15:47 - News Release

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Sometimes disaster survivors are told that they are not eligible for FEMA assistance. For those who disagree with the finding, there is a way to have FEMA revisit the case.First, the applicant should read the determination letter carefully. Many times the decision was based on a lack of complete information that FEMA asked for. Perhaps FEMA needs more documentation.If that does not resolve the problem, everyone has a right of appeal.

2019-03-30 15:32 - News Release

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The recent disaster may have resulted in the loss of important documents.Replacing a lost credit card can be easily handled. But losing every document – birth and marriage certificates, property deeds, military records, and the like – can be a challenge.When registering for FEMA assistance, applicants need to provide proof of citizenship, proof of property ownership or rental occupancy, Social Security numbers and other personal information. Documentation can be submitted after applying for assistance.

2019-03-28 19:21 - News Release

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The State/FEMA disaster recovery centers (DRCs) in Lee County will close permanently Saturday Mar. 30, 2019.Working with city and county officials, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and FEMA closely monitor visits to DRCs. The closure of DRCs marks a major milestone in the disaster recovery process. Centers close when traffic slows at those locations.The centers are located at:

2019-03-28 19:09 - News Release

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – When FEMA responds to a disaster, it joins hands with the state and the U.S. Small Business Administration, or SBA, to help people recover.Despite its name, SBA low-interest disaster loans are not just for businesses. About 80 percent of disaster loans go to homeowners and renters.

2019-03-27 14:40 - News Release

MONGOMERY, Ala. – As Alabamians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the March 3 tornadoes and straight-line winds, FEMA and home-improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information and literature on making homes stronger and safer.The free advice available in the Opelika and Auburn locations will continue until 6:30 p.m. April 5.Another location will offer help beginning Wednesday, March 27, in Phenix City.

2019-03-26 18:07 - News Release

 MONTGOMERY, Ala. – FEMA assistance is designed to meet an applicant’s disaster-related serious needs and necessary expenses to begin his or her recovery process. It is important for survivors to keep FEMA informed of any changes to their circumstances.Homeowners and renters who registered for FEMA disaster assistance following the March 3 tornadoes should notify FEMA of changes to their mailing address, phone number, email address and any other critical information.

2019-03-25 13:20 - News Release

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A State/FEMA disaster recovery center in Lee County will change location Tuesday, March 26.The center now operating at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 784 Lee Road 298 in Smiths Station will be moving to:Smiths Station City Hall2336 Lee Road 430,Smiths Station, AL 36877Hours of operation will be 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

2019-03-22 18:36 - News Release

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – After the severe storms, wind and tornadoes tore into Alabama on March 3, residents in Lee County became eligible for federal assistance. Yet some people who suffered losses and damage in the wake of the disaster have not yet chosen to seek help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Often people think that any money they are granted from FEMA will cause other federal assistance to be reduced or eliminated, or it will count as taxable income.FEMA disaster-assistance grants will have no such affect.

2019-03-21 13:33 - News Release

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – As Alabamians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the March 3 tornadoes and straight-line winds, FEMA and home-improvement stores in Lee County are teaming up to provide free information and literature on making homes stronger and safer.FEMA specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer building guidance with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters. Most of the information and the free publications are tailored for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.