For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 29, 2005
Statement on Federal Assistance for Alabama
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of
Alabama and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery
efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Katrina on
August 29, 2005, and continuing.
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected
individuals in the counties of Baldwin, Mobile, and Washington.
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 business owners recover from the effects of the
Federal funding also is available to State and eligible local
governments and certain private nonprofit organization on a cost-sharing
basis in the counties of Baldwin, Clarke, Choctaw, Mobile, Sumter, and
Washington for debris removal and emergency protective measures,
including direct Federal assistance.
For a period of up to 72 hours, Federal funding is available at 100
percent of the total eligible costs for emergency protective measures,
including direct Federal assistance. The period of up to 72 hours at
100 percent excludes debris removal.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard
mitigation measures statewide.
Representing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Michael D.
Brown, Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response,
Department of Homeland Security, named Ron Sherman as the Federal
Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected
The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and
more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after
the assessments are fully completed in the affected areas.
The Agency said that those who sustained losses in the counties
designated for aid to affected individuals and business owners can begin
applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at
http://www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585
(TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone
numbers will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FEMA (202) 646-4600.