MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On March 3, several tornadoes tore into eastern Alabama, including an EF-4 storm that churned across Lee County.
A little more than a month later, recovery for survivors is promising. Yet, there is still much more to do.
As of April 4, 2019
- $1.1 million has been approved by FEMA’s Individuals and Households program, providing awards for rental assistance, home repairs, and the repair or replacement of essential personal property. The deadline to apply for FEMA disaster assistance is May 6.
- The Small Business Administration has approved $1.3 million in low interest disaster loans to businesses, homeowners and renters.
- The disaster recovery centers accommodated 355 visits from survivors seeking one-on-one help and guidance.
- Disaster Survivor Assistance crews visited more than 5,400 homes in storm-damaged communities, registered 291 survivors and made 343 case updates and inquiries.
- FEMA inspectors have completed 99 percent of 409 assigned home inspections as part of the process of determining the extent of damage in each case.
- Five requests for public assistance are being processed. FEMA public assistance funds are reimbursed to local and state governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to replace critical infrastructure damaged by a disaster.
- A long-term recovery committee has been formed and is actively working in Lee County bringing together nonprofit, faith-based and volunteer agencies and other organizations to address the long-term needs of survivors. Called MEND, the organization can be reached at www.eamc.org/mend/ or by calling 1-334-528-6363.
- The two state/FEMA disaster recovery centers in Smiths Station and Opelika recently closed, and survivors are encouraged to keep in touch with FEMA by phone at 800-621-3362 or online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Remember that the deadline to apply for disaster assistance is May 6.
Survivors who are still interested in applying for disaster assistance or have questions or need to update their information, can stay in touch with FEMA by:
- Visiting DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585. (Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362.) The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
- Downloading the FEMA mobile app.
To update information survivors must provide their nine-digit registration number listed on all correspondence from FEMA.
Those seeking a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan should complete the application as soon as possible.
To apply for an SBA loan:
- Go online to Disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
- Call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at: 800-659-2955, TTY 800-877-8339
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during and after a disaster.
For official information on the recovery efforts, please visit FEMA at www.fema.gov or the Alabama Emergency Management Agency at https://ema.alabama.gov/. On social media follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FEMA/ and on Twitter at @femaregion4 and @AlabamaEMA.
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