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President Joe Biden has provided federal disaster aid to Alabama, FEMA announced Sunday, to supplement state and local response efforts in areas affected by the Jan. 12 tornadoes, severe storms and straight-line winds (non-rotational thunderstorms).

Federal funding is available to affected individuals in Autauga and Dallas counties. 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 businesses recover from the effects of a disaster.

Individuals and businesses with damage in designated areas can apply for disaster assistance at by calling 800-621-3362 or using the FEMA app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), title telephone service, or other services, give FEMA that service’s number.

Federal funding is also available to state, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Autauga and Dallas counties. Federal funding is also available on a cost-share basis for statewide hazard reduction measures.

Kevin A. Wallace Sr. has been named federal coordinator of federal recovery operations in affected areas. The assessment of damages in the remaining areas is ongoing. Additional appointments may be made at a later date after the evaluations have been fully completed.

The National Weather Service continued to survey storm damage on Saturday after strong storms hit Thursday, Jan. 12. 13 tornadoes have been confirmed so far. One of those, an EF-3 in Autauga County, was deadly, killing seven people. The weather service said storm surveys will continue into central Alabama on Sunday. Areas on the list to be surveyed Saturday included Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Autauga, Elmore, Tallapoosa, Coosa and Chambers counties.


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