HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Since a line of severe storms and tornadoes swept through parts of Alabama in late April, officials from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have worked to assist victims of DeKalb, Marshall and Walker counties – all designated federal disaster areas.
As of June 15, that effort has resulted in more than $4 million in approved federal funding to help individuals, families and businesses repair and restore their lives and property.
FEMA has approved $1,267,622 in assistance to individuals in the three counties declared disaster areas.
The bulk of that money – $1,043,256 – was approved for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
Another $224,365 was approved for other disaster-related needs such as medical expenses and lost personal possessions not covered by other resources or programs.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program has obligated nearly $1.2 million in grants to help local and state governments and some nonprofit organizations repair damage caused by the storms.
More than 900 Alabamians have registered for federal disaster assistance – the result of a widespread outreach effort across the three counties. That effort included:
- FEMA community relations teams canvassing the affected areas and providing recovery information to victims by visiting more than 2,000 homes, 198 churches and 557 businesses across DeKalb, Marshall and Walker counties;
- FEMA hazard mitigation specialists visiting home improvement stores in the disaster-affected counties, providing tips for rebuilding homes with better protection from future disasters;
- Disaster Recovery Centers opening in the affected communities where representatives from partnering local, state and federal agencies provided one-on-one help with the recovery and registration process
- SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers opening to provide one-on-one assistance with loan paperwork to families, individuals and businesses of all sizes. The SBA had approved more than $1.7 million in low interest loans to households, businesses and nonprofit organizations as of June 15.
For questions regarding the SBA loan process, call the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST at 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. Help is also available by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Recovery officials from AEMA and FEMA urge everyone, including those still waiting for insurance settlements or other documentation, to register for disaster assistance as soon as possible.
The deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance and return SBA disaster loan applications is July 2.
Registration is easy. Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Representatives are available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST. Help is available in all languages.
FEMA disaster assistance is available for eligible homeowners, renters and businesses in DeKalb, Marshall and Walker counties.
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is Alabama's coordinating agency for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Learn more at www.ema.alabama.g...