Sep 27 2004

SHELBY COMMENDS ANNOUNCEMENT TO SEND $1 MILLION IN EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS TO ALABAMA

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Chairman of the Transportation, Treasury and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, today commended an announcement by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration to release $1 million in emergency relief funds for federal-aid roads and highways in the Orange Beach and Perdido Bay area as a result of the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan.

"Alabama experienced tremendous damage from Hurricane Ivan, and these funds are a much needed first step in order to begin the rebuilding process," Senator Shelby said. "I remain committed to ensuring that Alabama receives the emergency funds necessary to rebuild essential roads and bridges in the wake of Hurricane Ivan."

The emergency relief program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of highways and roads which have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters or catastrophes. This program supplements the commitment of resources by States, their political subdivisions, or other Federal agencies to help pay for unusually heavy expenses resulting from extraordinary conditions.

In addition, late last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance for people affected by Hurricane Ivan had been extended to include 41 additional counties in Alabama. In total, 53 Alabama counties have been approved for Individual Assistance under the September 15 presidential declaration issued as a result of Hurricane Ivan.

Counties approved for Individual Assistance include Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lawrence, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marshall, Marion, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox and Winston.

Residents of those counties who suffered uninsured damages from the storm are eligible to apply for federal aid that can include grants to help pay for temporary housing and home repairs as well as other disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are also available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. Affected individuals and business owners may apply for assistance immediately by calling the toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), 24 hours, seven days a week until further notice. Those with a speech or hearing impairment may call 1-800-462-7585.

Callers are advised to have the following information available to help speed up the application process:

 

  • A current phone number

     

  • Social Security number, if available

     

  • A general list of damages and losses

     

  • If insured, the insurance policy number, or agent's and company name

     

  • General financial information

     

  • Bank account code if direct deposit is desired