Federal relief programs have set up shop in Baldwin County to help flood victims get back on their feet after last week’s storms rocked the Gulf Coast.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, or SBA, are partnering together as sister organizations to provide relief opportunities for flood victims in Baldwin County.
The federal organizations have set up Disaster Relief Centers at two locations in Fairhope and Elberta, to offer any help or assistance to flood victims who are applying for help from FEMA.
FEMA representatives said they are able to help folks in a variety of ways, as each individual’s situation is different, but all in all, the federal aid is designed to give victims a head start.
“(We’re)helping you get back, giving you a start to recover in the damages that have been done,” said Robin Smith, FEMA Public Information Officer.
The SBA can also offer flood victims long term, low interest rate loans if they need additional help.
One flood victim, Willie Cosby, stopped by the disaster relief center Saturday in Fairhope. He’s hoping FEMA can help him after the storms completely flooded his home.
“Because, I have to have a place to stay,” said Cosby, “I just got out of the hospital and you know how expensive that is.”
FEMA representatives say it’s imperative to sign up as quickly as possible if you need assistance.
“The quicker you register, the quicker we know you need some assistance, and the faster we can get out here,” said Smith, “that’s the best thing I can encourage, if you’ve had damage, register, and do it quickly.”
If you want to sign up for FEMA Aid, you can call 1-800-621-3362 or go to FEMA.gov or M.FEMA.gov for a mobile device.
The two Baldwin County locations for FEMA assistance are:
Elberta Town Hall
13052 Main Street
Fairhope Civic Center
161 North Section Street
The hours of operation of these locations are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
FEMA teams will also be going door to door to hard affected areas here in Baldwin County to see if any flood victims need help with signing up, however, one thing important to remember is all FEMA representatives will have a picture ID that matches their face, in order to ensure no instances of fraud.
If an individual claims to be with FEMA, but doesn’t have any FEMA identification on their person, you should call your local law enforcement for a possible scammer.