Federal Aid Comes to Tornado Survivors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Even as other disasters occurred around the country, state and federal efforts remain focused on the recovery mission in Alabama a month after the deadly tornadoes struck there.

Almost 77,000 individuals and households have registered for help with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $60.4 million has already been approved in federal grants and low-interest disaster loans.

The following numbers, compiled May 25, provide an overview of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency/FEMA disaster recovery effort to date:  

Funds approved

  • $44.1 million in assistance through the Individuals and Households program
    o Of that, $31.1 million for housing assistance
    $13 million to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as funeral expenses and lost personal possessions
  • $16.3 million approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for
    low-interest disaster loans to eligible homeowners, renters or business owners


  • 40,539 damaged homes and property have been inspected (98 percent of requests)
  • 21,548 visits to disaster recovery centers
  • All 67 counties are eligible for the cost-share reimbursement program for emergency protective measures and debris removal (31 counties are eligible for the cost-share reimbursement program for repair and replacement of infrastructure such as roads, bridges and public utilities)
  • 42 counties declared for individual assistance
  • 28 disaster recovery centers currently operating


  • 2.3 million cubic yards removed
  • 2-1-1 – the number to call if you need help moving debris to the curb Nonprofit and voluntary organizations are in Alabama to help with the cleanup effort

Local, state and federal managers are asking that survivors separate debris into six categories and move it to the curb or public right of way. The categories are: electronics, large appliances, hazardous waste, vegetative debris, construction debris and household garbage. For more information go online to http://go.usa.gov/jBk.

FEMA continues to work with volunteer agencies and the private sector to speed the recovery effort.

No matter the degree of loss or insurance, survivors are urged to apply for help and keep information up to date before the June 27 deadline. They can register using the following methods:

  • By phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. Assistance is available in many languages. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, the TTY number is 800-462-7585.
  • By smartphone or tablet, use m.fema.gov.
  • By computer, go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

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