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President Joe Biden signed the Alabama disaster declarationafter tornadoes that killed at least nine people and left dozens of homes affected.
The president’s decision will help complement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, winds and tornadoes that began on January 12, the White House said.
“The president’s action makes federal funds available to affected individuals in Autauga and Dallas counties,” it said. “Assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairlow-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.”
Funds are also available to eligible state, tribal and local governments, as well as non-profit organizations.
A few hours earlier, the president Biden also signed a similar declaration for California.
Deanne Criswell, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has appointed Kevin A. Wallace as Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
“Damage assessments continue in other areas, and additional areas may be designated for assistance,” the report said.
President Biden’s decision adds to emergency state action in Alabama, as well as Georgia, after the storms will leave trees down, tear roofs off houses and knock out power to thousands of people.
The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama confirmed at least six deaths, but rescue efforts continue.
Autauga County Emergency Management Director Ernie Baggett said a tornado ripped a 20-mile path through the county and most of the people who died lived in mobile homes, according to an AccuWeather report.
How to get help
– Residents and business owners who suffered losses can start applying for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es (in Spanish)
– Also by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or using the FEMA mobile application.