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Alabama homeowners and renters Autauga and Dallas counties affected by severe storms, winds and tornadoes on Jan. 12 may apply for FEMA disaster assistance.

Survivors can apply at, using the FEMA mobile app or by calling 800-621-3362. The helpline is open and assistance is available from 6 AM to 10 PM Central Time in many languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), voice mail service, or other services, give FEMA the service number.

When you apply for help, have the following information ready:

· A current phone number where you can be reached

· Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are currently located

· Your social security number

· General list of damages and losses

· Bank information if you choose direct deposit

· If insured, policy number or agent and/or company name

Survivors may be eligible for assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses caused by tornadoes. If you have homeowners, renters, or flood insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for damages covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all of your disaster-related expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

Take photos to document the damage and begin cleaning and repairs to prevent further damage. Don’t forget to keep receipts for all cleaning and repair purchases.

Disaster relief may include financial assistance for temporary shelter and home repairs, as well as other disaster-related expenses.

For an accessible video on asking for help, visit

For Alabama disaster recovery information, visit Follow FEMA on Twitter at FEMA Region 4 (@femaregion4) / Twitter and


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