Alabama Disaster Area
Authored By: Legal Services Alabama
On April 27, 2011, the National Weather Service estimates that 67 tornadoes devastated Alabama resulting in damage to many counties, and forever changing the lives of so many who call Alabama home.
--Alabama Emergency Agency at www.ema.alabama.gov
1. What Alabama counties have been designated for disaster assistance as a result of the April 27, 2011 disaster?
As of June 2, 2011, the following counties were designated for disaster assistance:
|• Autauga||• Clarke||• Fayette||• Lawrence||• Perry||• Washington|
|• Bibb||• Colbert||• Franklin||• Limestone||• Pickens||• Walker|
|• Blount||• Coosa||• Greene||• Madison||• Shelby||• Winston|
|• Calhoun||• Cullman||• Hale||• Marengo||• St. Clair|
|• Chambers||• DeKalb||• Jackson||• Marion||• Sumter|
|• Cherokee||• Elmore||• Jefferson||• Marshall||• Talladega|
|• Chilton||• Escambia||• Lamar||• Monroe||• Tallapoosa|
|• Choctaw||• Etowah||• Lauderdale||• Morgan||• Tuscaloosa|
2. How do I apply for Disaster Assistance?
- Affected survivors and business owners in all designated counties should apply for assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-3362.
- The hearing or speech impaired can use the TTY line at 1-800-462-7585. The registration lines are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. An application can also be completed online by going to www.disasterassistance.gov.
- The deadline to register for assistance has been extended to Monday, July 18, 2011 - those who have not registered for assistance are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.
3. What is a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and what services do they provide?
A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs. You can also go to a DRC for questions related to your case.
NOTE: You can register for assistance at a DRC or call 1-800-621-3362. Hearing/speech impaired ONLY Call TTY: 1-800-462-7585.
Some of the services that a DRC may provide are:
- Guidance regarding disaster recovery
- Clarification of any written correspondence received
- Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
- Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
- Status of applications being processed by FEMA
- SBA program information if there is an SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site
Reviewed July 2011
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