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County residents can apply for federal assistance

More than half of Alabama has been designated for disaster assistance for individuals, households and businesses as part of Alabama’s federal disaster declaration, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency officials.

Homeowners and renters in 36 of Alabama’s 67 counties can apply for grants to help pay for rental housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are also available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.

The following counties are eligible for disaster assistance: Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington and Winston counties.

Affected survivors and business owners in the designated counties may apply for assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration number, 800-621-FEMA (3362). The hearing or speech impaired can use the TTY line at 800-462-7585. The registration lines are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. An application may be completed online by going to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Survivors can also apply for federal assistance through their Web-enabled mobile devices or smartphones. Visit m.fema.gov and follow the link to www.DisasterAssistance.gov to apply.

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