100 days later: FEMA updates by the numbers | News
One hundred days since Alabama was ravaged by tornadoes, FEMA is reporting a “stronger, safer and more resilient Alabama.”
Since April 27, $151.8 million in federal assistance has been approved for individuals, households and businesses. FEMA has approved more than $68.1 million in grants, and the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $83.7 million in low-interest disaster loans.
Tens of thousands of Alabamians registered for assistance and more than 8,000 families are receiving temporary rental assistance, along with 301 families who are living in FEMA trailers.
Ninety-two percent of the 10 million cubic yards of debris has been cleaned up across the state (imagine 10 million washing machines lined up next to each other).
FEMA is making it clear that the job is not over yet, and help is still available for those who need it.
If you still have unmet needs as a result of the disaster-related damages to your home, you can request in writing to have FEMA review your case again. If you have questions about your FEMA determination letter, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). A written appeal should be postmarked to FEMA within 60 days of receiving your determination letter. You can also fax your appeal letter to 800-827-8112 addressed to: Attention – FEMA Appeals Officer.
Anyone with disaster-related needs should call FEMA at 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Anyone with questions about SBA loans should call 800-659-2955, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email DisasterCustomerService@SBA.gov.
Help is also available online 24 hours a day at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.SBA.gov.
FEMA mitigation specialists are offering free advice to homeowners so they can make their homes stronger and more storm-resistant.
The displays are in six home improvement stores in Jefferson, St. Clair and Madison counties from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday, August 6.