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National Disaster Legal Aid

SEVERE STORMS, STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS, AND TORNADO HELP FOR PEOPLE IN ALABAMA

Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-800-354-6154

Severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes hit areas in Alabama on March 3, 2019. On March 5, 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Alabama to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. 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. 

  • Lee County

For DR-4419, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4419

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter


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 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, 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 TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for survivors in Lee County who cannot pay for an attorney:
    • Survivors may CALL 1-800-354-6154 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, to request assistance. 
    • Click here for the full press release. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with a lawyer who has volunteered to provide free legal limited assistance.
    • For survivors seeking legal assistance outside of the declared counties, please contact Alabama Legal Services at 866-456-4995.
  • For legal assistance and other disaster recovery information, you can visit:  
    • Alabama Legal Services Legal Services Alabama (LSA) serves low-income people by providing free civil legal aid and assistance and by promoting collaboration to find solutions to problems of poverty from eight offices located in: Anniston/Gadsden, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Selma and Tuscaloosa.
    • Alabama Legal HelpGet basic information here about your legal rights, learn where to go for legal aid and assistance, and find out about other community resources.
    • United Policyholders United Policyholders specializes in helping disaster survivors with insurance claim issues. 
    • 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 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.

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP