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Old 05-23-2011, 10:38 PM   #15
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Here is another link for Joplin disaster relief

Joplin, Missouri: How to Help Tornado Victims - ABC News
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:06 AM   #16
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I use to live in Joplin it breaks my heart to see such horrible pictures on the tv.I know I have lost my boyhood home and the Elem. school I did my student teaching at.I will pray and hope for your recovery. God Bless/ Jim Anderson Class of 1964 JHS
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:09 AM   #17
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Isadora, we live in Alabama and were not directly affected by the April 27 storm, but many of our neighbors and friends were. There will be questions about debris removal, insurance, insurance adjusters, who's paying for what, FEMA registration, SBA assistance for homeowners, etc. The link below might be worth a quick read because many of your friends will have questions and needs. Skip past the first pages pertaining to Alabama.

I don't know you, but glad to hear you two are okay.

Disaster Assistance Handbook: (I realize this is directed to small business but this resource was most helpful to us in assisting friends and family with damaged residences) http://www.asbdc.org/Library/ASBDC_D...Businesses.pdf
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The Red Cross is always a good place to donate.

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Here is another link for Joplin disaster relief

Joplin, Missouri: How to Help Tornado Victims - ABC News
I'm glad your both ok! Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and everyone in Joplin.

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Isadora, we live in Alabama and were not directly affected by the April 27 storm, but many of our neighbors and friends were. There will be questions about debris removal, insurance, insurance adjusters, who's paying for what, FEMA registration, SBA assistance for homeowners, etc. The link below might be worth a quick read because many of your friends will have questions and needs. Skip past the first pages pertaining to Alabama.

I don't know you, but glad to hear you two are okay.

Disaster Assistance Handbook: (I realize this is directed to small business but this resource was most helpful to us in assisting friends and family with damaged residences) http://www.asbdc.org/Library/ASBDC_D...Businesses.pdf

We are in Harvest, AL and our home was destroyed by the F5 that went across North Alabama. Forget FEMA if you have insurance and a job. After being told by media, etc. to make sure we registered with FEMA, we got a form letter saying we didn't qualify. Was a total waste of time at a time when we were extremely busy dealing with the insurance companies, etc. For that matter, we're still wrestling with the insurance company. We got the primary structure paid for but still trying to get outside structures and contents settled.
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We are in Harvest, AL and our home was destroyed by the F5 that went across North Alabama. Forget FEMA if you have insurance and a job. After being told by media, etc. to make sure we registered with FEMA, we got a form letter saying we didn't qualify. Was a total waste of time at a time when we were extremely busy dealing with the insurance companies, etc. For that matter, we're still wrestling with the insurance company. We got the primary structure paid for but still trying to get outside structures and contents settled.
I am very sorry about your home and cannot imagine how I'd handle the situation if I were in your position. I'm not a fan of big government but there are reasons to suffer through the process. Working through Ivan, Katrina, Gulf Oil Spill and now this situation ... I have seen benefit from enduring the painful process. First you file with FEMA. Next FEMA tells you no. You then must complete an SBA application (don't dismiss yourself). The SBA application might give you immediate funds to proceed (with your home) and then be offset by your insurance company (an entirely different bureaucracy). If the SBA awards funds, you don't have to take them. If they reject you ... it re-triggers FEMA. Moreover, there will be Federal funds issued to the State to address "gap filler" expenses. The State will distribute those funds almost exclusively based off of information gathered from the SBA application. Here me now, believe me later ... don't dismiss yourself. There is little harm in filling out the short SBA application.

Lastly, please know that I'm genuinely trying to help. I don't have an agenda. I'm not political. I don't work for government. I have seen friends and family lose their homes and businesses ... I've seen them cuss FEMA and SBA and the Mayor and the President. I've also seen those same organizations cause insurance companies to be accountable and have seen those same organizations fill gaps that might have bankrupted them otherwise.

I genuinely wish you well.
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Also, if you unjustly hit a dead end with insurance, I've found a letter to the State Insurance Commission to be the most immediate and compelling way to get your situation reconsidered.
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