Reminder for storm victims: July 15 deadline to apply for FEMA assistance


Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama residents who suffered damage from storms that struck the state between April 28 and May 5 must register for assistance with Federal Emergency Management Agency by Tuesday, July 15th.

The severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding affected an estimated 40,000 people in nine counties, including Dekalb and Limestone. The original deadline for assistance was July 1st. However, given the scope of the disaster, the federal government decided residents needed more time to apply and the deadline was pushed back to mid-July. July 15th is now also the deadline to return applications for physical damage to the Small Business Administration.

There are several ways to register with FEMA or to track a claim that has already been registered:



  • Operator or video relay service: (800) 621-3362
  • Text to Talk (TTY) : (800) 462-7585

Meanwhile, policyholders with flood insurance have received an extension to file flood claims. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has extended the deadline to register for damages suffered from April 28th-May 5th to July 27th, 2014. The extension applies to standard flood insurance policies issued directly by FEMA or by private insurance companies participating in the NFIP’s Write Your Own program.