Disaster Assistance Registration

Where can I go for in-person assistance?

FEMA, SBA, the Long Term Recovery Committee and other organizations will be working at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) beginning Monday, May 14, at the Jacksonville Community Center.

Please go to the DRC to get one-on-one assistance with the disaster assistance and recovery process.

Jacksonville Community Center
501 Alexandria Rd SW
Jacksonville, AL 36265

What disaster assistance is available?

The recovery effort for the March 19th storm in Jacksonville and surrounding communities is ongoing. President Trump issued a disaster declaration for Calhoun County, making FEMA assistance available to affected individuals & households.

Additionally, the Calhoun County Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC), a collaborative committee of local community and religious organizations, is committed to the recovery process over the coming months. The primary goal of the LTRC is to address unmet needs.

Unmet needs are those needs of storm survivors not addressed through insurance or government assistance programs. These needs might include supplemental financial assistance, the construction of homes where a total loss has occurred, labor to help clear and restore property, and other work performed for private individuals or families on private property.

FEMA and LTRC will have teams in the affected areas completing door-to-door assessments and speaking with residents. Any personnel affiliated with either FEMA or the LTRC will always display official identification.

Why am I being offered an SBA loan?

As part of the FEMA registration process, individuals are usually referred to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for a loan evaluation. Some people may think this is only for businesses. That is not the case. SBA provides disaster assistance to homeowners, renters, and to businesses.
Homeowners may receive up to $200,000 and renters up to $40,000. Businesses may be eligible to receive more. If you have received an SBA loan referral, you need to complete the application process. You are NOT required to accept a loan if one is offered to you. However, you MUST complete the SBA loan application process in order to be considered for any additional FEMA assistance.
The deadline to submit SBA applications is June 25. SBA representatives will be working in the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Jacksonville Community Center beginning Monday, May 14, and can meet one-on-one with residents who have questions about the SBA and FEMA assistance process.
Click the image to the right to download the SBA assistance fact sheet.

What do I need to do to get assistance?

Residents who were affected by the 3/19 tornado and have unmet needs should take these steps to register for assistance:

Step One:

First, register with FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

Note that by registering with FEMA, you may automatically be referred to SBA for a loan.

Click here to register with FEMA


Step Two:

Second,  register with the Calhoun County Long Term Recovery Committee online at www.calhounema.org or by calling 256-236-8229 extension 123

Click Here to Register with the LTRC




FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be located at the Jacksonville Community Center beginning Monday, May 14, and will be open 9 AM - 7 PM, Monday through Saturday.