FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 5, 2016
Alabama Emergency Management Agency Seeks Assistance from the Small Business Administration
Clanton– At the request of Governor Robert Bentley, Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner on Monday is requesting the Small Business Administration (SBA) provide personnel to conduct joint damage assessments as a result of the deadly tornadoes that impacted portions of Alabama last week.
“During my visit to DeKalb, Jackson and Winston Counties, I met some wonderful families who have already started recovering from this disaster, however I am aware some of the families and business owners will need some form of additional assistance,” Governor Bentley said. “I am hopeful SBA will approve my request for their teams to do joint damage assessments. This is the first step in possibly providing low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters.”
“Requesting SBA to conduct damage assessments in North Alabama is the next step in determining possible assistance for Alabamians affected by last week’s storms. “Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner said. “We hope to start these assessments as soon as possible, and will continue until all of the impacted areas have been assessed.”
If the SBA request is granted, homeowners, renters and business owners will have access to low interest disaster loans. The declaration will benefit the affected counties and their adjacent counties.
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency will continue to work closely with our federal and local partner to meet the immediate needs of our citizens.