Disaster assistance approved for Morgan Co., surrounding areas

Disaster assistance approved for Morgan Co., surrounding areas
Gov. Kay Ivey gave her State of the State address on Jan. 9, 2018.

MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A request for disaster assistance in Morgan County has been approved.

Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Wednesday that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the request based on damage assessments following severe storm on April 3.

The disaster declaration covers Morgan as well as Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison and Marshall counties.

"I really appreciate the rapid way SBA responded to the state's request to conduct damage assessments for the city of Decatur, which resulted in Morgan County receiving approval for assistance in such a timely manner," Governor Kay Ivey said of the efforts.

"My administration is committed to helping the folks of Morgan County and the surrounding area in the days ahead as they continue their clean-up efforts."

In all counties covered by the SBA disaster declaration, homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations that qualify will have the following options.

  • Home Disaster Loans: Renters and homeowners alike may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, cars, appliances, etc., damaged or destroyed in the storms. Homeowners may apply for up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence to its pre-disaster condition.
  • Business Physical Disaster Loans: Loans of up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans: If a small business or private, nonprofit organization has suffered economic injury, regardless of physical damage, and is located in an SBA-declared disaster area, they may be eligible for financial assistance of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

"Next to insurance, SBA is the primary source of funds for real estate property repairs and replacing lost contents following a disaster," Alabama EMA Director Brian Hastings said.

The Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Morgan County will open at 1629 4th Ave. SE in Decatur on Friday for those who wish to apply for assistance. The center's hours will be as follows:

  • Friday, April 20 – 11 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21 – 10:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Friday – 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday April 28 – 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 30 – 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The center will be closed on April 22 and 29.

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