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May 5, 2014

Federal disaster aid declared

Affected individuals and business owners should apply for federal assistance

— The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for four counties in the state including Limestone, Lee, Jefferson and Baldwin that were affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding last week.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs as well as low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners.

Federal funding is also available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency work for damage. Funding is available on cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

The federal coordinating officer for Alabama, Albert Lewis, said that damage surveys are continuing and more counties may be designated for assistance.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the storm damage should apply for assistance, according to Limestone County Emergency Management Agency Public Information Officer Daphne Ellison. The American Red Cross is located at Friendship United Methodist Church at 16479 Lucas Ferry Road in Athens.

Ellison said FEMA is not set up at a location in Limestone County at this time.

For assistance through FEMA:

• Register online at www.DISASTERASSISTANCE.gov;

• Call 1-800-621-3362;

• On a mobile device, visit m.fema.gov;

• Applicants with speech disability or hearing loss should use TTY and call 1-800-462-7585; those who use 711 or Video Relay Service should call 1-800-621-3362.

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

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