President Trump approves major disaster declaration for Alabama

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WIAT) — In response to Governor Kay Ivey’s request on March 4, President Donald Trump approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Lee County in the State of Alabama today triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes that occurred March 3, 2019.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program will provide assistance to residents of Lee County, Alabama.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

“President Trump has been very gracious and pledged his unwavering support to Alabama since the devastating storms and tornadoes struck Alabama over the weekend. Twenty-three lives were lost and dozens of Alabamians were injured,” Governor Ivey said. “This is a difficult time for the state of Alabama, but knowing that we have this additional assistance, and the support of our president and folks across the country, we will get through this together. We will recover, and we will lift up Lee County in this time of need.”

Gerard M. Stolar has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Stolar said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of further damage assessments. 

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621- 3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. 

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