Disaster recovery centers open in Clanton, Maplesville

Published 2:17 pm Friday, February 3, 2012

Two disaster recovery centers are open in Chilton County to help people whose homes or businesses were affected by the Jan. 23 severe weather outbreak.

The centers, which are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., are located at Clanton City Hall and the Maplesville Public Library.

During those hours, representatives from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be on site to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.

If possible, people with storm losses should register with FEMA before going to a disaster recovery center. You can do that by calling toll-free 800-621-FEMA (3362) or, if you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

Operators are multilingual and lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.

People can also register online at www.disasterassistance.gov. On a smart phone or tablet, use m.FEMA.gov.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include grants for rental assistance and home repairs, low-interest loans from the SBA to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.

Clanton City Hall is located at 505 Second Ave. N. in Clanton. The Maplesville Public Library is located at 9400 Alabama Highway 22 in Maplesville.