South Alabama counties approved for FEMA assistance

South Alabama counties approved for FEMA assistance
Damage left by Hurricane ally at Sportsman Marina in Orange Beach. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Certain counties in Alabama have been approved for individual and public assistance from FEMA to help recover from Hurricane Sally’s damage.

Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia counties were approved for both individual and public assistance.

This comes after President Donald Trump approved the major disaster declaration for the state. This makes federal funding available to affected individuals in those three counties.

According to FEMA, 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.

Federal funding is also available to the state, eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures in Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

FEMA says federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Gov. Ivey released the following statement:

“When I was on the coast Friday, it was clear that there has been significant damage, and people are in need of relief. My Office has been working on putting in the request for individual and public assistance to help bring the needed aid, and I appreciate FEMA for quickly delivering to the people of Alabama. Being approved for individual and public assistance is an important step in the recovery process. Coastal Alabama, we are with you the whole way!”

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area may apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.

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