CLANTON, Ala. – Following Tropical Storm Irma, FEMA and the State of Alabama, Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) want to provide information regarding the emergency declaration for the State and Poarch Band of Creek Indians, as well as information for residents of Florida who may have evacuated to the State of Alabama.
On September 11, 2017, federal emergency aid was made available to the State of Alabama to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Irma beginning on September 8, 2017, and continuing. Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures (Public Assistance Category B), including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. Additional information on the Public Assistance program is available on the FEMA website at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-frequently-asked-questions.
Warren J. Riley has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) for federal response operations in the affected area. The FCO’s role is to coordinate the federal response and support to the state as requested. Riley said additional designations for assistance may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further evaluation.
FEMA and AEMA are working together to identify any unmet needs and support local officials and the residents of Alabama.
Updates for Florida Evacuees
AEMA and FEMA are encouraging individuals, families, and those who are here to check for the latest from the State of Florida and their county regarding returning home.
Individuals from the State of Florida can find shelter information, county specific information, Florida emergency updates, and county websites for evacuation updates at http://floridadisaster.org/info/.
Florida residents returning to the state should plan ahead for conditions along your route home as well as for the conditions in the impacted communities in your neighborhood. For road conditions check FL511.com, as well as Alabama Department of Transportations’ Traffic website https://algotraffic.com/.
Contact your local county and emergency officials for the most up to date information regarding evacuations, curfews, power outages, reentry policies, and the availability of necessary commodities. Visit www.floridadisaster.org/info for additional information, and follow Florida’s Division of Emergency Management (@FLSERT) for updates.
Florida Disaster Assistance
On September 10, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma. This declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, and St. Johns counties. Additional information can be found at: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App, which is available for free download for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices.
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.