MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Nearly $30 million in federal disaster assistance is funding the recovery efforts of individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and school districts in 21 Alabama counties hit hard by the severe storms, flooding, and intense winds of March 25 ? April 13.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) said today nearly $2 million has been granted to individuals and households, and that public assistance projects will total more than $26 million once completed.
The federal disaster declaration made Public Assistance (PA) available to 21 counties; Individual Assistance (IA) was available to three of those counties: Covington, Geneva, and Houston.
Some statistics from the recovery efforts for Individual Assistance:
- 961 individuals registered for disaster assistance
- More than $1.7 million was disbursed to help survivors with temporary housing and home repairs; the average grant was $4,352
- $237,599 was for Other Needs Assistance, which helps fund the repair or replacement of personal property and disaster-related transportation, moving, medical, dental, and funeral expenses. The average grant was $1,777
- $586,200 was approved in low-interest loans to homeowners through the Small Business Administration (SBA).
- Another $33,300 was approved in SBA loans to businesses in the three affected counties.
In the PA categories, there were an estimated 1,400 projects from 84 eligible applicants approved for a total of more than $26.3 million.? Today, nearly $1.3 million in checks have been written to eligible applicants from the impacted counties. Not all public projects resulting from the disaster are completed at this time.
Public Assistance was available in the counties of Baldwin, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lamar, Marengo, Perry, Russell, Washington, and Wilcox.
Public Assistance projects include repairs to roads, bridges, utilities, and other public infrastructure. FEMA picks up 75 percent of the cost and the remainder is paid for by the state and local government.
"We're glad to see these first steps to rebuilding and repairing infrastructure in impacted counties," said AEMA Director Brock Long. "There is a lot more work that will be done in the months to come."
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Specialists provided nearly 11,000 individuals with more than 13,500 publications and advice on lessening the impact of future disasters. The mitigation teams met with individuals at home supply stores throughout the three-county area.?
"Recovering from a disaster is never easy," said Federal Coordinating Officer Albie Lewis.? "But we're confident that survivors have taken the important first steps towards renewing lives and property."
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.