FEMA, Town Meeting, Tornado Disaster Assistance, Madison County Alabama
This afternoon representatives from FEMA, SBA, Madison County and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency were on hand in the recently devastated area of Anderson Hills Alabama to provide Tornado Disaster Assistance information and field questions from a well attended crowd of local residents. I was in attendance because my home is in this disaster area.
Below is a photo that was the backdrop for today's meeting and I think it's apropos to quote, Madison County Sheriff, Sheriff Blake Dorning's message that "in our darkest hour we were at our very best". His reference to the character of all people of Alabama who pulled together and helped each other.
FEMA, first of all wants area residents to know that they are going to be here for as long as needed in Alabama and that it's very important that anyone living in the area whether or not you sustained to register by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) for deaf or hard of hearing. Calls are answered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. You may also register at: www.disaster Assistance.gov . You need to register because there are many different programs available to area residents that you may be able to take advantage of including SBA long term low interest loans as low as 2.563% for homeowners and renters to help pay for recovery costs. The SBA also offers mitigation funds to help borrowers pay for work necessary to minimize future damage and help homeowners with loans up to $200,000 for repair of primary residence replacement. Renters can also borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property. FEMA'S assistance includes: temporary housing, repair, rental assistance and replacement housing. Other disaster-related needs assistance approved by FEMA include: medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation, moving and storage, but you need to register with FEMA as there are time limits.
Call the FEMA Helpline to get answers to your questions.
There was much information that came out of this meeting that I will cover in an additional post, but I thought it important to get this info out to residents as quickly as possible as many have not registered or are not aware of the process...now go make that call. This meeting was actually shortened because of the threat of severe storms.
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