NR-020 FEMA Assistance to Storm Survivors Tops $4 Million

Joint Information Center
Joint Field Office
Montgomery, Alabama
News Release
July 8, 2009

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is getting assistance to survivors of the May 6-8 storms at the rate of more than $1 million per week, the agency said today.

By the morning of July 8, $4,379,375 had been disbursed to assist the recovery efforts of Alabama residents in Autauga, Bullock, Elmore, and Montgomery counties. Federal disaster assistance became available to individuals and households less than four weeks ago, on June 19.

“Our goal is to get funds into the hands of those who need it as quickly as possible,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Albie Lewis. “Once eligibility is determined, funds are usually available within a day or two.”

A summary of the recovery efforts as of July 8:
  • 1,924 individuals in the four counties have registered for assistance
  • $4,048,975 has been approved for housing assistance
  • $330,400 has been approved for other needs assistance, such as transportation, medical and dental expenses, moving and storage fees, and replacement of personal property
  • 1,602 home inspections have been completed
  • $208,100 has been approved in low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and FEMA officials continue to urge anyone affected by the storms to register for assistance and to tell their friends and neighbors that assistance is available.

There are two ways to register for federal assistance, online anytime at; or by calling toll-free, 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY, 800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. The numbers are available seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. Help in other languages is available.

Those who have registered may call the toll-free number and select the “helpline” option to inquire about the status of their application.

FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.