Sep 01 2005


WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today provided information for Alabamians following Hurricane Katrina. On Tuesday, August 30, President Bush declared a major disaster declaration for the State of Alabama triggering the release of federal funds to assist in the recovery following the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

Baldwin, Mobile and Washington Counties have been approved for individual assistance. Individual assistance means that residents and households in those counties may apply for disaster assistance directly through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Baldwin, Clarke, Choctaw, Mobile, Sumter and Washington Counties have been approved for public assistance. Public assistance provides State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations handling emergency work with help in the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

All counties in Alabama are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofits for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

To register for these disaster assistance programs, call FEMA’s toll-free teleregistration line: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (hearing/speech impaired). This line is open 24 hours a day, and residents are encouraged to try calling late in the evening or early in the morning to reduce call waiting time. You may also visit for information.

Senator Shelby said, “Those in Alabama affected by Hurricane Katrina should contact FEMA to obtain the resources necessary to rebuild and recover following this devastating storm. A number of our communities have experienced tremendous devastation, and we are committed to assisting the residents of these areas.”

“However, this tragedy reaches much further than our home state of Alabama. Our neighbors in Mississippi and Louisiana have seen tremendous destruction to many of their communities. I encourage those who are able to reach out to all hurricane victims by making donations to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other reputable charities. This time of national crisis is a call for the country to come together and assist those in need,” Shelby concluded.

For an extensive list of relief organizations, please visit

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