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Storm victims encouraged to sign up for FEMA, SBA aid

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Storm damage from the April 28-29 tornadoes. Source: WBRC video Storm damage from the April 28-29 tornadoes. Source: WBRC video
Storm damage in Kimberly. Source: WBRC video Storm damage in Kimberly. Source: WBRC video
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Storm victims in Kimberly are being asked to sign up for possible assistance. Work continues in the city as it tries to recover from the storms.

"We all left, went to a storm shelter. Thank goodness because we were hit, very heavily impacted by it and our homes were totally lost," William Farmer said.

William Farmer and his father Coy checked in again Monday with the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Kimberly. Both men lost their mobile homes in the storm.

"FEMA's been great. They have really helped a lot. Things look real good, you know. They really helped us," Coy Farmer said.

Coy Farmer was able to qualify to get a low interest loan. His son William did not but he was able to obtain federal grants for temporary housing and to start finding a new home.

FEMA representatives are asking for other storm victims to come in for possible help.

"I would really encourage people to come into our centers because there are things when you go through a process of registration that maybe you haven't provided appropriate information or may not have signed particular documents," Renee Bafalis with FEMA said.

The Small Business Administration would also ask storm victims to talk to them about aid.

"Our program is basically geared for those who are under insured or have no insurance. Don't let that 'B' in the middle of our acronym scare you or intimidate you. Our program is for homeowners, businesses of all sizes and non-profits," John Federick with SBA said.

The Farmers will tell you any assistance will help.

"I'm retired on a fixed income, so it would be difficult," Coy Farmer said.

People may go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov to sign up or get more information.

If you have hearing or speech problems call (TTY) 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service, call 800-621-3362.

Disaster Recovery Centers are in Kimberly at the Kimberly Senior Center, the Graysville Maurice C. West Community Center and Bessemer at Lawson State.

Those who sign up may also get texted about updates on applicants mobile devise at 43362. All notifications will contain the last four digits of their FEMA registration number.

Meanwhile storm victims are asked to be cautious. At this time there are Disaster Survivor teams going door to door seeking to sign people up.

FEMA is asking residents to be careful about what information they may give out. You should always look to see if the person is wearing a FEMA shirt and if they have badges.

"Don't provide any personal information to anyone who calls you on the phone or comes to your door unless if they have some sort of identification that will allow you to move forward," Bafalis said.

Bafalis said FEMA will not call you and ask for personal information. If someone does, you should demand they provide your identification number which FEMA has after you signed up.

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