Elmore County Added to Federal Disaster Declaration; Additional Resources Available to Impacted Citizens

On January 19, 2023, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued an amendment to major disaster declaration, FEMA-4684-DR, for the state of Alabama. The amendment adds Coosa, Elmore and Hale counties to the original declaration and enables the three counties and their citizens access to Individual Assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA) categories A and B. PA Categories A and B provide state and local governments the opportunity to receive reimbursement for eligible activities related to the removal of debris from public property and emergency protective measures used in response to the events of January 12th.

Elmore County Commission Chairman Bart Mercer stated “ We thank our federal and state partners in expediting this amended declaration for our citizens. While we know this is a first step in the road to recovery for so many across our county, we appreciate the additional resources being made available to our county and overall county family”.

Elmore County will continue to meet with FEMA and state EMA officials to ensure the county is providing our citizens the information needed to pursue long term recovery efforts.

Individuals impacted by the tornado and severe weather of January 12th, 2023, can apply for disaster assistance through FEMA’s IA program at disasterassistance.gov, by using the FEMA mobile app, or by calling 800-621-3362. The helpline is open, and help is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time in most languages. If you use video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

In addition to FEMA’s IA Program, individuals impacted may complete an application for assistance through the Elmore County Disaster Relief Fund (ECDRF). For a copy of the application,email disasterrelief@elmoreco.org. Additional information on the ECDRF can be found here: Donation Information to Assist Those Affected by the January 12th Severe Weather – Whats New – Commission Blog (elmoreco.org).

Citizens of Elmore , Autauga and Coosa with unmet needs can also visit our Points of Distribution in the Lightwood, Titus and Wetumpka areas. Additional information on the PODs can be found here: Donation Points of Distribution Established in Elmore County to Assist Autauga, Coosa and Elmore Counties – Whats New – Commission Blog. Applications for the ECDRF can also be picked up at our POD locations.

Information related to storm related debris and placement on the county right-of-ways can be found here: Severe Weather Response Update: County Forces Working to Complete Damage Assessments and Debris Placement Guidelines on County Right-of-Ways – Whats New – Commission Blog (elmoreco.org). Any questions related to debris cleanup on the county right-of-ways, questions should be directed to roads@elmoreco.org or to the Elmore County Public Works Department at 334-567-1162 during normal operating hours, Monday through Thursday 6am to 430pm.

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