CLANTON, Ala. – The State of Alabama and FEMA will open two disaster recovery centers in the Lee County cities of Smiths Station and Opelika Friday, March 15.
The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in Lee County affected by the recent tornadoes.
Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the state and other interests will be at the centers to talk about available assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance. The centers are located at:
Mount Olive Baptist Church
784 Lee Road 298
Smiths Station, AL 36877
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EDT) daily
Providence Baptist Church
2807 Lee Road 166
Opelika, AL 36804
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CDT) daily
Disaster survivors can visit either of the centers.
SBA disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. They are available to answer questions about SBA’s low-interest disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to the SBA.
The centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available by request.
The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.
Homeowners, renters and businesses should register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center by:
• Visiting DisasterAssistance.gov.
• Calling 800-621-3362 (TTY) 800-462-7585
The following information is helpful when registering:
o Name and Social Security number of the primary applicant;
o Name and Social Security number of secondary/co-applicant (encouraged but not required)
o Current and pre-disaster address
o Names of all occupants of the pre-disaster household
o Current contact information
o Types of insurance held by the household
o Household pre-disaster annual gross income
o Losses caused by disaster
o Banking information for direct deposit of financial assistance, if requested
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.