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FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams Canvassing Lee County

Release date: 
March 8, 2019
Release Number: 
DR-4419-AL NR 002

ATLANTA – FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are working in areas of Lee County affected by the March 3 tornadoes and storms. These teams help survivors register for assistance, identify and address potential needs, and make connections with local, state, federal and voluntary agencies with the resources to assist them.

Teams will be reaching out across Lee County and at the following locations 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT seven days a week until further notice.

Smiths Station Fire and Rescue
50 Lee Rd 430
Smiths Station, AL 36877

Cannon Construction
12422 AL Hwy 51
Opelika, AL 36804 

Lakeside Church of God
3295 Lee Road 54
Opelika, AL 36804

Sanford Middle School
1500 Lee Rd 11
Opelika, AL 36804

Like all FEMA field personnel, DSA team members can be identified by their photo identifications and the FEMA logo on their shirts. Residents are encouraged to ask for official identification before providing any personal information.
 
Using the latest mobile technology, DSA staff can register survivors for disaster assistance, update their records and make referrals to local, state, and voluntary agency partners. During the registration process, specialists will ask for some personal information including: social security number, annual income and bank information, as well as the names of occupants of the impacted property.
 
In addition to the registering with DSA, survivors can apply for assistance by:

  • Visiting DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY users) (Multilingual operators are available). The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

After registering for disaster assistance, you may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration. In times of disasters, the SBA offers low-interest loans for businesses, homeowners and renters. The SBA will contact you by telephone with information on how to apply. There’s no obligation to accept a loan, but you may miss out on the largest source of federal disaster recovery funds if you don’t submit an application.
 
Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at SBA.gov/disaster. You may also call 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.  If you use TTY, call 800-877-8339.
 
Although the federal government cannot make you whole, it may help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs that make your home safe, sanitary and secure. FEMA disaster assistance also may provide temporary help with a place for you and your family to stay while you build your own recovery plan.

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FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

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 to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

 

Last Updated: 
March 8, 2019 - 11:46