MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabamians are urged to file for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) if their homes were damaged during the storms, tornadoes and flooding between April 28 and May 5, 2014.
More than 6,600 residents’ registrations have been approved in the nine affected counties in the two weeks following the presidential disaster declaration.
More than $9 million has been approved through FEMA’s Individual and Household program. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $650,000 through its low-interest disaster loan program.
The following numbers, compiled May 15, provide a snapshot of the Alabama/FEMA disaster recovery to date:
- $7.8 million for Housing Assistance grants to help with recovery rental expenses and home repair costs.
- $1.3 million for Other Needs Assistance to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as medical expenses and lost personal possessions.
- $650,000 approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest loans to eligible homeowners, renters or business owners.
- 3,583 of the 4,860 damaged homes and property have been inspected (74 percent of requests).
- 1,331 visits have been made to the nine disaster recovery centers located in designated counties.
- 9 counties declared for individual assistance.
FEMA works with many volunteer agencies and the private sector to speed the recovery effort. But those affected by the severe storms (between April 28 and May 5) need to register with FEMA for disaster aid.
No matter the degree of loss or insurance, survivors are urged to apply for help. They can use the following methods:
- By phone, call 800-621-FEMA from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. Operators are multilingual. TTY 800-462-7585.
- By computer, go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- By smartphone or tablet, use m.fema.gov.
County-by-County approved breakdown of Individual Assistance:
Other Needs Assistance
Recovery officials urge all Alabama residents who have registered for assistance to stay in close touch with FEMA throughout the recovery process. This is especially true during the first weeks after registering when FEMA Housing Inspectors must contact applicants to view damages. Those with mobile phones should provide that number to FEMA during the registration and/or a good contact number.
Affected survivors and business owners in the nine designated counties may apply for assistance. Those counties are: Baldwin, Blount, DeKalk, Etowah, Jefferson, Lee, Limestone, Mobile and Tuscaloosa.
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.
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.