Mar 06 2007

Disaster Declared in Alabama Counties

Coffee, Dale, Dallas, Henry, Montgomery, and Wilcox Counties to Receive Federal Assistance

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today, announced that President Bush has declared a major disaster in the State of Alabama.  This declaration releases federal funds for recovery efforts for March 1, 2007’s tornadoes and severe storms. 

“The tornadoes that hit South Alabama were devastating,” said Senator Shelby. “While we will never recover from the loss of life, I am certain that the people in Coffee, Dale, Dallas, Henry, Montgomery, and Wilcox Counties will work to rebuild even stronger communities and I will continue to do everything in my power to get them the resources they need to do so.”

Coffee, Dale, Dallas, Henry, Montgomery, and Wilcox County residents will receive individual assistance to help individuals and families with temporary housing, counseling (for post-disaster trauma), low-interest loans and grants, and other assistance.  The State of Alabama and local governments in Coffee, Henry, and Wilcox Counties are eligible to receive federal funds to complete emergency work and repairs or replacement of certain disaster-damaged facilities in those counties. Finally, all counties in Alabama are eligible to apply for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which provides assistance to the State, local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations to prevent or reduce risk to life and property from natural disasters.

Disaster victims are encouraged to call the Toll-free Teleregistration number: 1-800-621-FEMA, TTD 1-800-462-7585.

NOTE: Senator Shelby and the entire Alabama Congressional delegation wrote a letter to President Bush in support of Governor Riley’s request for a disaster declaration.