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One Week Remains To Register For Federal Disaster Assistance

Release date: 
June 20, 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — One week remains for Alabama disaster survivors to register for federal disaster assistance.

Survivors must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and return their U.S. Small Business Administration loan applications by Monday, June 27, to be considered for FEMA and SBA disaster assistance.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency, FEMA and its federal partners encourage any person or business owner who had storm-related damage to their home, vehicle, personal property, business or inventory between April 15 and May 31 and has not registered to do so quickly.

Anyone in the 43 counties eligible for Individual Assistance who was impacted by storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds or floods should apply for assistance, regardless of whether a survivor has insurance or is unsure if they are eligible. Survivors should still contact their insurance companies and file necessary claims.

Disaster assistance may include rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable, grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance. There are grants to replace personal property and to help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state or charitable aid programs.

Anyone who has not registered with FEMA for disaster aid, has questions about an application or seeks more information about recovery programs should call FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and multilingual assistance is available. Online registration is available at or through a smartphone or tablet at

Monday, June 27, also is the deadline for filing an application for a low-interest disaster loan with the Small Business Administration. While survivors are not required to accept a disaster loan, completing the SBA application is essential to receiving other assistance from FEMA.

Low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. They are the largest federal source of disaster funds for repairing or replacing damaged or destroyed 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.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

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Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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