Recovery can be a long process that can take weeks, months, or even years. A few important ideas or concepts that can be helpful to look into or think about are below.
RECENT DISASTER RECOVERY DECLARATIONS and ASSISTANCE
REPORTING HOME REPAIR FRAUD OR PRICE GOUGING
To see the latest information and report home repair fraud or price gouging, Click here. Residents in the affected counties may report concerns of alleged fraud or price gouging. To fill out a complaint online, visit www.alabamaag.gov and look for the ‘consumer complaint’ link. You may also dial the Consumer Interest Division toll-free at 1-800-392-5658.
For information about home repair licensing and potential fraud, visit the Home Builders Licensure Board by Clicking here or by calling 1-800-304-0853.
NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS (NGOs)
Usually some of the first and last to help a family, Non-Governmental Organizations tend to leave a lasting impact. Some of the most common NGOs are the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and (VOAD) Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster. For a list of Tuscaloosa County NGOs, Click here.
Another group who may become active after a disaster is the Tuscaloosa Area Volunteer Reception Center or (VRC). To learn more about how they manage volunteers helping our community or to volunteer after a disaster, Click here.
Tuscaloosa County EMA Damage Assessments: If Severe Weather has caused a large amount of damage in the community, the Tuscaloosa County EMA Damage Assessment Page will be made available. Tuscaloosa County citizens will then be asked to report the sustained damage of their residence, business, or other dwelling(s) by completing the appropriate form. Tuscaloosa County EMA will need this information to report to the State of Alabama. Government assistance will be dependent on the amount of damage reported for Tuscaloosa County.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Individuals and businesses may apply for low-interest disaster loans through the Small Business Administration.
Presidential Disaster Declaration: A Presidential Disaster Declaration allows Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to open a wide variety of assistance programs. Some may include: Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Disaster Case Management, Crisis Counseling Assistance, and many more.
MANAGING BUSINESS INSURANCE CLAIMS
Click here for more information about how to manage a business insurance claim after a disaster.