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FACT Sheet: Myths & Rumors about FEMA Assistance

Myth: FEMA assistance could affect my Social Security benefits, taxes, food stamps or Medicaid.
Fact: FEMA assistance does not affect benefits from other federal programs and is not considered taxable income by the IRS.

Myth: I can’t get FEMA help since I have insurance.
Fact: While FEMA, by law, cannot duplicate insurance benefits, many homeowners find they were underinsured for their losses and should apply to see if they qualify for assistance.

Fact Sheet: Reasons Why You Might Have Been Found Ineligible by FEMA

If you received a letter from FEMA that says you’re ineligible for housing assistance, that’s not the last word. You might just need to provide more information to FEMA.

Understanding Your FEMA Determination Letter or Email

CLANTON, Ala. – After registering for disaster assistance, you may receive a determination letter by mail or email from FEMA. Read your determination letter carefully to understand your eligibility for federal assistance.

There are many reasons for an initial ineligibility determination. The most common reason is the need to provide FEMA with a copy of a letter verifying your insurance coverage before FEMA can process your grant application.

How You Can Help Disaster Survivors

CLANTON, Ala. – In the wake of a disaster, Americans have always come together with compassion and courage to ask how they can help survivors of catastrophic events like the March 3 tornado devastating Lee County.

Residents of Lee County who need help with clean up or other assistance should call 211.

“Support for residents of Lee County who sustained losses in the March 3 tornado outbreak has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated,” said Gerard M. Stolar, the Federal Coordinating Officer for the Alabama tornado disaster.

What to Expect After Applying for Disaster Assistance

ATLANTA – Lee County survivors of the March 3 severe storms and tornadoes should file a claim with their insurance company immediately and begin cleaning up. Disaster damage should be documented through photos/videos, and all receipts for disaster-related purchases should be kept.

If you have uninsured or underinsured losses from the storms, contact FEMA for disaster assistance by visiting or calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Canvassing Lee County

ATLANTA – FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are working in areas of Lee County affected by the March 3 tornadoes and storms. These teams help survivors register for assistance, identify and address potential needs, and make connections with local, state, federal and voluntary agencies with the resources to assist them.

Teams will be reaching out across Lee County and at the following locations 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT seven days a week until further notice.

Smiths Station Fire and Rescue
50 Lee Rd 430
Smiths Station, AL 36877

Survivors in Lee County May Apply for Disaster Assistance

ATLANTA – Homeowners and renters in Lee County, Alabama, may now apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from the March 3 severe storms, straight line winds and tornadoes.
Lee County was designated for Individual Assistance on March 5, 2019. To be eligible for disaster aid, storm damage and losses from the severe storms and tornadoes must have occurred March 3. Disaster survivor assistance specialists are helping people register for assistance in Lee County.

Programas de asistencia federal para la recuperación por desastre para el estado de Alabama

A continuación un resumen de los programas federales de asistencia por desastre que pueden estar disponibles según la necesidad y autorización bajo la declaración de desastre del Presidente Donald J. Trump para el estado de Alabama.

Asistencia para los individuos y las familias según se requiera:

Federal Aid Programs for the State Of Alabama

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of Alabama.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

El presidente Donald J. Trump aprueba una declaración por desastre para Alabama

WASHINGTON – La Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció que asistencia federal está disponible para el estado de Alabama para complementar los esfuerzos de recuperación estatales, locales y tribales en el área impactada por tormentas severas, vientos en línea recta y tornados el 3 de marzo de 201