FEMA tornado aid applications still open, help still available

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May 24—Anyone with property damaged or destroyed in the March 25 tornado can still apply for help through FEMA through June 25, and still get help with their application if they missed last week's help sessions.

Myles Chamblee, director of the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency, said Monday that his office remains available to anyone who needs to apply for FEMA assistance or a small business loan to recover from the storm. The EMA held an official event offering application help last week, but people who didn't sign up can still go to the agency office in Jacksonville or use FEMA's website to apply for aid.

"You can do it online, through the 1-800 number, you can apply over the phone or you can come to our office, Monday through Friday," Chamblee said. The deadline to apply is June 25.

Visit disasterassistance.gov, call 800-621-3362 or visit the EMA at 507 Francis St. West in Jacksonville for help filling out an application.

Those who have already sent an application may receive a letter denying the aid request, but FEMA news releases are urging applicants to read those letters carefully. Many denial letters are requests for more information, according to the agency, and you have the right to appeal decisions that appear final, including the amount of awards.

Appeals can be made within 60 days of the date on determination letters, according to FEMA, and responses can take up to 90 days.

Assistant Metro Editor Ben Nunnally: 256-235-3560.

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