UPADATE 3.25.19: NEW SUNDAY HOURS FOR THE DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS, CHANGE OF LOCATION FOR SMITHS STATION
The state/FEMA disaster recovery centers in Lee County have changed Sunday hours to 1-5 p.m. Hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. local time Monday through Saturday. Also, the Smiths Station location has changed to Smiths Station City Hall.
The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in Lee County affected by the recent tornadoes. Recovery specialists from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the state and other interests are at the centers to talk about available assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance.
Disaster survivors can visit either center:
Smiths Station City Hall
2336 Lee Road 430
Smiths Station, AL 36877
Providence Baptist Church
2807 Lee Road 166
Opelika, AL 36804
Homeowners, renters and business owners should register for disaster assistance with FEMA before visiting a recovery center by visiting disasterassistance.gov or calling (800) 621-3362 (TTY) (800)-462-7585.
ANYONE with injuries, property loss or property damage due to the storms or tornadoes on March, 3 should call 211 or visit ema.alabama.gov for information on local resources. Register at DisasterAssistance.giv to be eligible for disaster assistance programs.
Small Business Administration Assistance:
Following the disaster declaration for Lee County, Alabama, the Small Business Administration announced it would offer assistance to residents affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes on March 3, 2019.
The disaster declaration covers Lee County, which is eligible for both physical and economic injury disaster loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA economic injury disaster loans: Chambers, Macon, Russell and Tallapoosa in Alabama, and Harris and Muskogee in Georgia.
Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Applicants may be eligible for a loan increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers economic injury disaster loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury disaster loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.
Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations and 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. Applicants may apply online at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.
To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.
Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and on the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hearing impaired) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is May 6, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Dec. 5, 2019.
The minimum age for volunteers is 14 years old. The Lee County EMA has established a Volunteer Reception Center at Smith Station Baptist Church, 2460 Lee Road 430, Smith Station, AL. Hours of operation are Wednesday (3/6/19) from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and then 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. ALL VOLUNTEERS must report to this designated area for dispatch to areas in need. The United Way will be operating the center and providing volunteers with arm bands that will grant them access through check points.
Red Cross (Stationed at Providence Baptist Church)--Please specify Lee County.