ATLANTA - Four disaster recovery centers have opened in Alabama to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes in Cullman, Franklin and Tuscaloosa counties. The centers will be open, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Alabama Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will staff the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply.
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
1701 2nd Ave S.W.
Russellville Parks and Recreation Center
204 Ash Ave.
951 26th St. E.
Coaling Town Hall
11281 Stephens Loop Road
If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm losses should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Help is available in most languages. Those with speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585.
Persons affected by the storms can also apply for federal assistance through a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone. Visit m.fema.gov and follow the link to "apply online for federal assistance."
Federal disaster assistance can include grants for rental assistance and home repairs, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.
Editor's note - The following disaster recovery centers have already opened:
Tom Bevell Center
115 Main St. W
Union Hill Baptist Church
7049 Taylors Ferry Road
National Guard Armory
140 Cane Creek Road
Old Ashley Furniture Store
3429 Lowery Parkway
National Guard Armory
2599 East Coats Ave.
Geiger Town Hall
201 Broadway St.
Cordova High School
183 School Road
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.