Hurricane Zeta

United Way of Southwest Alabama is gathering information about community resources for Hurricane Zeta relief and recovery. We are updating this page as new resources become available.

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Find Help

Call or text the United Way 2-1-1 Health and Human Services Referral Hotline at 888-421-1266. United Way 211 is the quickest and most comprehensive way to connect with the services and assistance available to our community. When you dial or text, you will be connected with a 2-1-1 operator. Tell the operator about your situation, give them your address/zip code, and they will give you some names/phone numbers for you to follow up with. It is not instantaneous, and call volume is higher than usual, so please remind people to be patient.

NOTE: This is not a direct-service number like Southern Baptist or Crisis Clean Up, this is a referral system to help people find resources:

Storm Damage Assistance

Hurricane Zeta Home Cleanup: 251.239.5775

If you need assistance with damage from Hurricane Zeta, call the number above and ask for help. Crisis Cleanup will connect you with volunteers from local relief organizations, community groups, and faith communities who may be able to assist with:

  • Fallen trees
  • Drywall, flooring, and appliance removal
  • Tarping roofs
  • Mold mitigation

All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. The hotline will remain open through November 13, 2020.

Note: Crisis Cleanup CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration. Volunteers work free of charge and provide the tools and equipment necessary to complete the work.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Command Center: 251.275.5257 or 334.462.2075

If you need assistance with damage from Hurricane Zeta, call the number above and ask for help. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers may be able to assist with:

  • Fallen trees
  • Drywall, flooring, and appliance removal
  • Tarping roofs
  • Mold mitigation

All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need.

Note: Southern Baptist Disaster Relief CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration. Rental properties are excluded, unless approved by assessors.

Food Distributions

  • Feeding the Gulf Coast is working with United Way, partner agencies, and other community partners to distribute to areas in need.  Click here to find pantries and distribution hours near you.
  • The Salvation Army in Cirtronelle (Blue Roof Rescue Sqad),  Jackson and in Thomasville will be holding a food pantry  November 3, time TBA.
  • Rotary Club from Point Clear is serving lunch at the Clarke County Courthouse  on November 3 beginning at 12PM – drive thru only.
  • Triumph Ministry is serving at 17920 Celeste Road, Citronelle
  • Memorial Baptist Church address 19655 N. Mobile St. Citronelle. Service will begin November 4 at 3PM.

A warming station will be available tonight at Grove Hill Baptist Church.

  • No meals will be served, no cots are available, but anyone who has significant damage to their home is welcome and encouraged to get out of the cold tonight. Feel free to bring pillows, blankets, etc. This resource is supposed to be available all night long.

Charging Stations

Individuals should bring their own charging cord and adaptors. They will provide the hubs from 12-4pm during business hours.

  • Family Health Citronelle Clinic – 19250 Mobile Street North, Citronelle, Al 36522
  • Keller Wellness Express – 251 North Bayou Street, Mobile, Al 36603
  • Semmes Clinic – 3810 Wulff Road East, Semmes, Al 36575

Showers/laundry available in Washington County:

  1. Reynolds Church, on Hwy 17, has showers available from 2:00pm today. Anyone is welcome! Please call ahead to let them know you are coming. Call 251.847.2464
  2. Chatom Motel is offering a hot shower in the large bunkhouse. Go to the motel office and see Miss Frankie. You will need to bring your own towels and toiletries.
  3. Chatom Laundromat and Millry Laundromat both have power.
  4. Howardtown Baptist Church in Tibbie has hot showers, washer/dryer, etc. They are also serving lunch and dinner daily.

Water and tarps available today at the following locations and times

  • Clarke County Courthouse – Water and Tarps available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last, behind the courthouse near Hippy.  (Still plenty of water, tarps have run out.)
  • City of Jackson – Water will be available at the Jackson Police Department beginning at 8 am.
  • City of Thomasville – Water will be available at the golf course beginning at 9 am while supplies last.

Are you looking for a meaningful way to impact our community?

United Way Volunteer Connect has a variety of volunteer needs for individuals and groups to help with Hurricane Zeta response efforts. To find a volunteer opportunity, visit https://volunteer.uwswa.org

Clarke County Volunteer Reception Center

Due to the county wide damage, UWSWA is supporting Clarke County during Hurricane Zeta Recovery. We are opened a Volunteer Reception Center  (VRC) at the UWSWA office (118 Clark Street, Grove Hill 36451) from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Volunteers interested in helping with the clean up, register in person and received an assignment in the area.

Note: Volunteers should be dressed appropriately for disaster work. Long pants and closed toed shoes are required. We recommend having eye protection, gloves, sunscreen and water as well. 

Volunteers interested in working at the VRC, visit https://volunteer.uwswa.org/need/detail/?need_id=550547

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Hurricane Zeta Relief Donations

Publix donated $20,000 to Hurricane Disaster Relief.

Individual Hurricane Relief Donors

  • Mary English

School Closings

  • Clarke County Public Schools are closed until Monday, November 9.
  • Clarke Prep will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday, will be reevaluated EOD Wednesday.
  • Jackson Academy is open for the remainder of the week.
  • All Washington County schools remain closed, but will assess the situation daily. Keep an eye on school Facebook pages for more updates.

Individual FEMA Disaster Assistance 

FEMA Disaster Assistance can help support your recovery from a major disaster. To apply for disaster assistance or for more information on the types of assistance available, TBA

Not sure if you are in an area declared for disaster assistance?

Visit disasterassistance.gov and enter your address to find out if your area is declared for Individual Assistance.

Our disaster assistance partners can provide help with immediate needs FEMA is not authorized to provide.

Emergency Medical Assistance: Please dial 9-1-1.

Immediate Needs: Contact your local emergency management agency for help or referral to trusted disaster assistance partners serving your area. The FEMA Helpline (1-800-621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585)  may be able to provide additional referrals.

There is also support for individuals with disabilities, or access and functional needs.

FEMA – Hurricane Zeta

Type of Assistance FEMA Provides

Home/Primary Residence: They provide housing assistance to individuals and families who have lost their homes as a result of a presidentially-declared disaster.  If you are a renter or homeowner you may qualify for assistance.  By law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.  If your home was impacted by a major disaster we recommend that you apply for assistance.

Secondary Home: They do not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow us to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

Business: They do not offer assistance for small businesses impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.  However, we do partner with the Small Business Administration (SBA), which offers low interest loans for business damages.  Learn more about the business loan application process.

Other Needs Assistance: They offer disaster assistance for some of your other disaster-caused expenses including, medical and dental, child care, funeral and burial, essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle, and some clean-up items.

Housing Options

Rental Assistance: Offers temporary financial help so disaster survivors have somewhere to live while they make plans for permanent housing.

  • Who may be eligible? A homeowner or renter whose primary residence is determined to be uninhabitable after a FEMA inspection, who has housing needs not covered by insurance and who needs to relocate while repairs are under way.

Transitional Sheltering Assistance: Pays room and tax costs at participating hotels for disaster survivors.

  • Who may be eligible? A survivor whose primary home is uninhabitable or inaccessible due to the disaster and who has housing needs not covered by insurance. Survivors do not need to wait for a FEMA housing inspection to be considered eligible.

Home Repairs: Helps disaster survivors make basic repairs so that their homes are safe, sanitary and functional.

  • Who may be eligible? A homeowner whose primary residence is determined to be uninhabitable after a FEMA inspection and who has a housing need not covered by insurance.

Direct Temporary Housing: Provides temporary travel trailers or manufactured housing units to eligible survivors

  • Who may be eligible? Trailers and manufactured housing units are a temporary solution for survivors whose primary home is uninhabitable, have uninsured housing needs and have no other practical temporary housing options available within a reasonable commuting distance from their primary residence. Renters whose pre-disaster rental is determined to have major damage or is destroyed may also be eligible.

 

Other Needs

Assistance is available for necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the disaster. This includes:

  • Disaster-caused child care expenses.
  • Disaster-caused medical and dental expenses.
  • Disaster-caused funeral and burial expenses.
  • Disaster-caused damages to essential household items (room furnishings, appliances); clothing; tools (specialized or protective clothing and equipment) required for your job; necessary educational materials (computers, school books, supplies).
  • Fuel for the primary heat source (heating oil, gas).
  • Clean-up items (wet/dry vacuum, dehumidifier).
  • Disaster-caused damage to an essential vehicle.
  • Moving and storage expenses caused by the disaster (moving and storage of personal property while repairs are being made to the primary residence, and returning property to the primary address).
  • Other necessary expenses or serious needs as determined by FEMA.
  • Other expenses that are authorized by law.

What If I Have Insurance?

Warning Status – You will have up to 12 months from the date you registered with FEMA to submit insurance information for review. We cannot provide money to individuals or households for losses already covered by insurance, but you do not need to wait to apply for FEMA assistance.

If you have not already contacted your insurance agent to file a claim, please do this as soon as possible. Failure to file a claim with your insurance company may affect your eligibility for assistance. After filing a claim, if any of the following situations occur, we may be able to provide some assistance:

Your insurance settlement is delayed. Delayed means a decision on your insurance settlement has been delayed longer than 30 days from the time you filed the claim. If a decision on your insurance settlement has been delayed, you will need to write a letter to FEMA explaining the circumstance. You should include documentation from the insurance company proving that you filed the claim. If you filed your claim over the telephone, you should include the claim number, the date when you applied, and the estimated time it will take to receive your settlement. Any help awarded to you by FEMA would be considered an advance and must be repaid to FEMA once an insurance settlement is received.

Your insurance settlement is insufficient to meet your disaster-caused needs. If you have received the maximum settlement from your insurance and still have an unmet disaster-caused need, you will need to write a letter to FEMA indicating your unmet need. You will also need to send in the claim settlement documentation from your insurance company for review.

You have exhausted the Additional Living Expenses provided by your insurance company. If you have received the maximum settlement from your insurance for Additional Living Expenses (Loss of Use) and still need help with your disaster-caused temporary housing need, write a letter to FEMA indicating why you continue to have a temporary housing need. You will also need to provide documentation to prove use of Additional Living Expenses from insurance, and a permanent housing plan.

You are unable to locate rental resources in your area. The FEMA Helpline (1-800-621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585) can provide you online resources so you can search for a rental unit.

What Happens During The Home Inspection?

After you have completed an application for assistance, an inspector from FEMA will need to visit your home to check disaster caused damages. If you need accommodation such as a sign-language interpreter, contact the FEMA Helpline (1-800-621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585) to request services during your inspection.

First, it’s important to ask inspectors for their FEMA identification so you protect yourself from scammers. Inspectors are contractors, not FEMA employees, but they will carry FEMA ID and they have passed a background check. Never give them credit card or bank account information — there is no fee charged for inspections and they do not collect this data.

The on-site home inspection generally takes anywhere from 10-40 minutes. A home inspection is needed to verify and assess the damages listed in your application. Inspectors will record damages, but do not make decisions on your assistance. Inspections will examine structural damage to your home, but are not designed to capture every detail of damage. The inspector may take some photos of your home to document damages. They will also assess damage to necessary items such as the furnace, water heater, washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, and your utilities. Inspectors also gather information about other needs, such as lost or destroyed clothing, and damaged children’s items. You should identify all known damage and tell the inspector if you have a septic system or well. The inspector will not enter areas that are potentially unsafe.

When the inspector visits your home, someone 18 years of age or older who lived in the household prior to the disaster must be present. The inspector will ask to see:

  • Photo identification.
  • Proof of ownership/occupancy of damaged residence. (Visit our page on ownership and occupancy proof requirements for more information.)
  • Insurance documents: home and/or auto (structural insurance/auto declaration sheet).
  • List of household occupants living in residence at time of disaster.
  • All disaster-caused damages to both real and personal property.

Other Resources

Coping with Disaster – Free Resource for Kids

The American Red Cross has developed several free resources that adults can use with children to help them build resilience and cope with emergencies.

SBP Live Webinars for Hurricane Zeta Survivors – TBD

SBP Disaster Preparedness at Home – 20-Homeowners Resource Guide – Preparedness at Home

SBP Disaster Assistance Process – 20-Disaster Assistance with Covid-19-update

SBP Protect Against Contractor Fraud – 20-Protect Against Contractor Fraud

SBP Mold Remediation Guide – 20-Mold Remediation Guide

Small Business Disaster Resources

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with UPS, developed Resilience in a Box. Resilience in a Box program is based on best practices and designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience.

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UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST ALABAMA'S RESPONSE TO HURRICANE ZETA

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