Monday, May 2, 2011

Where to turn for tornado relief: UAB, Rep. Terri Sewell host disaster assistance session

Nearly 100 people gathered today to hear their options for aid when UAB hosted a disaster assistance meeting at the Alys Stephens Center organized by Alabama Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Homeland Security, The American Red Cross and the Alabama Governor’s Office spoke. Their message: how people suffering can get help from federal programs, and how others can volunteer to help as well.

“This was a disaster of historic proportions, so we know we must follow the ferocity of those storms with swift assistance and unrelenting resolve to restore hope and rebuild communities,” Garrison said as she introduced Sewell. Read President Garrison’s post regarding relief and rebuilding efforts here.

“Help is on the way. Let’s spend this time learning what is available to us,” Sewell said as she explained the different ways residents can apply for assistance or to be a volunteer. UAB set up a bank of 18 computers and a printer so people could register for assistance.

Sewell’s web site has specific information for people who need assistance or information on how to file for federal aid. The site includes a list of frequently asked questions and answers. Visit at or click here.

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