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Alabama Severe Storms 2021
Alabama Severe Storms 2021
Please note this page is no longer being updated as of October 2021
ALABAMA SEVERE STORMS 2021
Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-800-354-6154
Severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes hit Alabama from March 25th to March 26th, 2021. On April 26th, a Major Disaster Declaration was issued for the state of Alabama, making federal funding available to individuals and households who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms. 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. People in the following areas are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance. Additional areas may be designated later.
- Bibb County
- Calhoun County
- Clay County
- Hale County
- Jefferson County
- Perry County
- Randolph County
- Shelby County
Disaster Number: 4596
|FEMA Application Deadline||Friday, June 25, 2021|
|Appeal Your FEMA Decision||
If you would like to appeal FEMA's determination on assistance, you have 60 days from the date on the determination letter to do so.
Key resources for those impacted by this disaster
GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF BENEFITS
Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:
- Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
- On the FEMA Mobile App,
- Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply), or by
- Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 AM until 1 AM Eastern Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.
- For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates section.
- Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
- Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.
LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES
- A LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for survivors in Alabama who cannot pay for an attorney:
- Survivors may CALL 1-866-354-6154 between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday (local time) to request assistance.
- Click here for the full press release. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Alabama lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal limited help.
- For legal assistance and other helpful recovery information, you can visit:
- Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Division - The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Alabama State Bar is a professional service organization comprised of all members of the Alabama Bar in good standing under 36 years of age, or those admitted to the Alabama State Bar as their first bar within the past 5 years. The YLD coordinates various programs across the state designed to serve the public, advance the legal profession or both.
- Alabama Legal Services Program Legal Services Alabama (LSA) has seven offices and a centralized intake call center working together to fulfill its mission statement: To serve low-income people by providing civil legal aid and by promoting collaboration to find solutions to problems of poverty. These offices are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Selma and Tuscaloosa. LSA offices handle civil cases only. Each office has lawyers licensed to practice in Alabama and other staff who know how to help low-income people resolve their legal problems.
- The Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program The Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) was created in 1990 by the Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners to provide an organized vehicle through which attorneys can volunteer their services on a pro bono basis in civil matters to indigent citizens in their community. The VLP began its operation in 1991 and has delivered free legal services to low income residents of Alabama for more than 25 years. The VLP helps low-income citizens whom other programs often cannot serve. The VLP receives generous support from the Alabama State Bar, Alabama Law Foundation and Legal Services Alabama, as well as private contributions.
- United Policyholders (UP) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) consumer advocacy group that specializes in helping disaster victims with insurance claim issues. UP also trains case managers and legal aid lawyers to assist clients with insurance and recovery matters. For help with flood, wind, hurricane, and auto insurance questions.
- ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page here for other disaster recovery resources.
If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
- For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
- Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
- Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
- You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan. Listen!
- Do you need help understanding the FEMA application and appeals process? Click here to download "Figuring Out FEMA," a friendly guide that explains FEMA's general disaster relief assistance process.
OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP
- Department of Housing and Urban Development - Disaster Resources
- The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
- American Red Cross Shelter Locator
ARE YOU AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP?
- Familiarize yourself with the resources and trainings available at https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/trainings/.
- Bookmark United Policyholder's (UP) website and resources, including the Roadmap to Recovery and Advocacy and Action. UP's mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and an effective voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states.
- Consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to connect with other attorneys and advocates responding to natural disasters. The Center offers monthly training calendar emails, specialized advocacy resources, a member roster, and discussion lists you can sign up for.