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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open in Jefferson and Etowah Counties; Tuscaloosa soon

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened three Disaster Recovery Centers in Jefferson County.

Staff are on hand in Bessemer, Kimberly, and Graysville to guide storm victims through the application process.

FEMA media relations specialist Renee Bafalis encouraged people who already registered by phone or at www.disasterassistance.gov to still stop by a recovery center to review their application with a FEMA worker.

"There are things when you go through a process of registration that maybe you haven't provided appropriate information," Bafalis said.

"You may not have signed particular documents...  Your insurance information may not be correct.  You may not have provided information concerning your mortgage or your home ownership," she said.

"Those types of things could make you ineligible down the road."

There are also representatives from the Small Business Administration.  John Oliver Frederick said the loans provided by the SBA are not limited to businesses.

"Don't let that B in the middle or our acronym scare you or intimidate you," Frederick said.

"What we do is we can get moneys to you quicker sometimes than the insurance companies can, and get back to the state you were [before] the tornado."

FEMA representatives may refer storm victims to the SBA.  If you receive an SBA application, it is important to submit it rather than throw it away.

"If you don't return the application, essentially you've told FEMA and the SBA that you don't require any more help," Frederick said.

"So we encourage anybody, if you have an SBA application, please return it."

There are also some FEMA disaster survivor assistance team workers going door to door.  If someone comes to your home claiming to be from FEMA, make sure they are wearing a FEMA shirt and/or jacket, and have a government issued FEMA identification badge with a computer chip in it.

Bafalis said FEMA will not call and ask you for personal information.  If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a FEMA employee, ask them to tell you what your registration number is.  FEMA will provide one of those during the registration process.

Recovery centers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  A FEMA employee at the Kimberly recovery center said two more recovery centers should open later this week.  At least one of them will be in Tuscaloosa County.

This is the current list of FEMA disaster recovery centers in Alabama:

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Maurice C. West Community Center
171 2nd Street SW
Graysville, Alabama

Kimberly Senior Center
8013 Warrior- Kimberly Rd
Kimberly Alabama

Lawson State
1098 9th Ave SW
Bessemer, Alabama


ETOWAH COUNTY

Bethlehem Missionary Church
5850 Sardis Rd
Boaz, Alabama

Sardis City Hall
1335 Sardis Drive
Boaz, Alabama


LEE COUNTY

Smith's Station Government Center
2336 Lee Co Road 430
Smith’s Station, Alabama


LIMESTONE COUNTY

Ripley W.O.W. Hall
11281 Ripley Road
Athens, Alabama


BALDWIN COUNTY

Elberta Town Hall

10352 Main St
Elberta, Alabama

Fairhope Civic Center (Delchamps Room)
161 North Section St.
Fairhope, Alabama

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