The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) hopes that the following list may be of assistance to those affected by the recent storm and to those who would like to volunteer to help. If you would like to add additional information to help those in need, please post in the comments section below.
FEMA - Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-Line Winds, And Flooding Major Disaster Declared February 1, 2012 (DR-4052) BPL locations are waiving the fax fees for FEMA applications.
Alabama EMA/FEMA Disaster Centers are open in Jefferson County to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding on January 22-23. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week until further notice:
Center Point City Hall
2209 Center Point Pkwy
Center Point, AL 35215
Clay Community Center
6413 Clay Palmerdale Road
Pinson, AL 35126
Oak Grove First Baptist Church
9161 Camp Oliver Road
Bessemer, AL 35023
Call 2-1-1 in Alabama for assistance/information of any kind. It's like 9-1-1, except for non-emergency questions of any sort.
Legal Services Alabama Disaster Manual covers housing, insurance, bankruptcy, family issues, unemployment compensation, nutrition assistance, taxes plus many other topics. (pdf version)
Red Cross Mid-Alabama Region
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
A Guide to Homeowners Insurance, Alabama Department of Insurance
Social Security Benefits
Social Security Card Replacement
Insurance Claims' Department Numbers for Major Insurance Companies
Greater Birmingham Humane Society--locating lost dogs
VOLUNTEER AND ADDITIONAL SITES WITH WAYS TO HELP INFO
Alabama hit by deadly tornado on Jan. 23, how you can help (Magic City Post)
FBI Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes
Hands On Birmingham
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
Children's of Alabama Health and Safety Tip - Kids and Storms Useful suggestions on educating and comforting kids during storms.
Recovery: After a Tornado (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
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