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January 12
Severe Storms, Straight-Line Winds and Tornadoes

Disaster Assistance:


January 12 Severe Storms, Straight-Line Winds and Tornadoes Survivors in Autauga, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Mobile, Morgan, Sumter and Tallapoosa Counties can contact FEMA for Disaster Assistance. 


FEMA Registration Deadline for Individual Assistance closed on March 16, 2023. To check the status on a previously submitted claim, visit

How to reach FEMA:

  • Online at or (for Spanish)
  • Call 800-621-3362. The helpline is open, and help is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week, in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA your number for that service.

U.S. Small Business Administration 

The application deadline for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest physical disaster loan has passed.  


The deadline for small business owners to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is Oct. 16, 2023.


You may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at Paper applications may be requested by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services or send an email to


​Other Assistance:

2-1-1 Connects Alabama

2-1-1 is a free, easy to remember number to dial for information about health and human service organizations in your community. Are you facing difficult times and don’t know where to turn? Are you looking for help with everyday needs? Do you want to volunteer? By dialing 2-1-1, information is much easier to find. Dial 2-1-1 or text or call 1-888-421-1266 from anywhere in Alabama, or visit

If you are an organization providing resources, please call 2-1-1 or call 1-888-421-1266.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Tornado Specific Resources


Disaster Volunteer Opportunities:

Below is a listing of current volunteer needs.  Please contact the organizations directly if you are interested in volunteering.  Also note that recovery from a disaster often takes a very long time and volunteers will be needed in the weeks, months, and even years ahead.

Dallas County - Call 334-874-2515 or 334-553-2333  to volunteer.

Coosa County - Call 256-935-9561 or email to volunteer.

Donate to relief efforts:


Selma Recovery Funds, in partnership with Blackbelt Community Foundation – supporting citizens of Selma. 


United Way of Selma & Dallas, supported by United Way of Central Alabama – supporting Selma and Dallas County.  


Black Belt Community Foundation - Communities Helping Communities (Disaster Relief) – supporting communities throughout the Black Belt.  


Central Alabama Community Foundation – supporting several disaster relief funds. 

Lake Martin Area United Way (Tornado Relief) - supporting Coosa and Tallapoosa Counties

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster  (VOAD) is a coalition of non-profit and faith-based, public and private organizations and agencies that respond to disasters by bringing all available resources together to assist those impacted by disasters. VOADs provide a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration that fosters a more effective delivery of services to disaster affected communities.

Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ALVOAD)

To support those who respond to disasters consider one of the following Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ALVOAD) member agencies:

Adventist Community Services 

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief

Feeding Alabama

Baldwin County VOAD

Calhoun County VOAD

Church of the Highlands

City Action Partnership

Civil Air Patrol Alabama Wing

Coffee County ROCC/VOAD

Compassion Coalition of Tuscaloosa County

Convoy of Hope

Covington County VOAD

Cullman County VOAD

Elmore County VOAD

Etowah County VOAD

Family Guidance Center of Alabama

Good Shepherd UMC

HandsOn River Region

Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response

Jefferson/Shelby County VOAD

Legal Services of Alabama

Madison County VOAD

Marshall County Commission

Mennonite Disaster Service

Mobile County VOAD

Morgan County VOAD

North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church

Operation BBQ Relief

Operation Blessing International

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Reach Out Worldwide

Salvation Army

Samaritan’s Purse

Southeastern Synod

St. Vincent dePaul

The Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Church

Tuscaloosa VOAD

United Way of Baldwin County

United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of East Central Alabama/1st Call for Help

United Way of Madison County

United Way of Northwest Alabama

United Way of Selma & Dallas County

United Way of Southwest Alabama

United Way of West Alabama

United Ways of Alabama

Walker County VOAD

World Renew

Helpful tips for Donating: 
  • Cash is best! –This allows relief organizations to purchase exactly what items are needed to assist in the response and recovery efforts. Funds will also provide direct victim assistance.
  • Confirm the Need Before Collecting – Donors should be wary of anyone who claims that “everything is needed.” Many groups have been disappointed that their efforts and the goods they collected were not appreciated. A community hit by disaster, however, does not have the time, manpower or money to sort and dispose of unneeded donations. Get precise information and confirm the need before collecting any donated goods. 
Helpful tips for Volunteering: 
  • Call 2-1-1 to register to volunteer
  • Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
  • Be safe: Do not self-deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
  • Be patient: Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.
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