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Awnings throughout town, like this one on Broad Street downtown, were blown off the buildings during Hurricane Zeta. Photo by William Crawford

Communities that were affected by Hurricane Zeta in October of 2020 have been provided with more than $31 million in federal aid, said a press release from FEMA. 

Federal grants, disaster loans and flood insurance claims were approved after the hurricane caused widespread damage in Clarke, Dallas, Marengo, Mobile, Perry, Washington, Wilcox and elsewhere on Oct. 28 to 29. 

More than $22 million was approved by FEMA's Individuals and Households Program to pay for home repairs and temporary housing.

This includes $8 million under "Other Needs Assistance", which is a FEMA program that focuses on medical and dental, transportation, and moving/storage expenses.

$3.5 million was approved by the National Flood Insurance Program for flood claims to 241 policy holders. The U.S. Small Business Administration approved $5.7 million in loans to 250 homeowners renters and small businesses. 

FEMA provided a list of recovery efforts which can be seen below: 

  • 21,393 registration calls for disaster assistance made to FEMA;
  • 7,466 households approved for more than $22 million in FEMA grants for homeowners and renters, including:
    • 4,828 households approved for more than $13.9 million in housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs;
    • 5,235 households approved for more than $8 million for essential disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
  • 3,874 homeowners and renters receiving FEMA rental assistance;
  • 13,496 virtual home inspections completed;
  • 642,650 cubic yards of debris collected.

“Every disaster is devastating, and Alabama saw two hurricane disasters over a six-week span while people are trying to adjust to a new normal during a national health crisis,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Allan Jarvis. “FEMA is committed to the people of Alabama and helping the recovery efforts on all fronts.”

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance has passed but those that have reached out for help can contact specialists to monitor applications and update on information changes. 

See below for a list of options to contact FEMA: 

  • Download FEMA’s mobile app. For information go to: www.fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • Visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available. Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should provide FEMA with their specific phone number assigned to that service.
Health and human service agencies can be reached by dialing 211, text 888-421-1266, or chat via www.211connectsalabama.org.
 
For more links on Alabama’s disaster recovery, see the following: 

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