Category: City

Early weather warning can save lives and keep you safe

We have sought out Lee County residents, who escaped serious injury on March 3rd, to see if we can enhance their weather preparedness. Having a plan and alerting them, with enough time to be safe before severe weather strikes.

Mayor Bubba Copeland and Commissioner Robert Ham both helped us organize 15 residents of Smiths Station and 15 residents at or near ground zero in Beauregard to bring us in that space that had too many residents left with only minutes to seek shelter or were lost without communication. Now our residents have a plan, and we were able to help out with weather preparedness.

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FEMA Disaster Assistance

Lee County residents affected by the March 3rd tornado may visit a Mobile Registration Intake Center to register for disaster assistance.

Centers are open Monday-Sunday from 7am-7pm CST.

Disaster Survivor Assistance teams at these centers can help you:
Register for disaster assistance, update your records and information with FEMA, and make referrals to local, state, and voluntary agency partners.

During this process, specialists will ask for some personal information including:
Social security number, annual income and bank information, and names of occupants of the impacted property.

Locations for the Mobile Centers can be found by clicking here.

 **ALL RESIDENTS NEEDING ASSISTANCE MUST REGISTER WITH FEMA BY CALLING 1-800-621-FEMA.**Additional information can be found by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov , visiting the Lee County EMA site or by clicking this link.

Veteran Financial Assistance

Attention veterans if you and your family resided in the disaster areas created by the tornado you may be eligible for financial assistance.

Please contact Mr. Eugene Benfore at 334-663-1520

Proof of residency and military affiliation is required.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center location

Those in our area affected by the disaster can apply for assistance by going to the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at Smiths Station Fire & Rescue, Station One, 50 Lee Road 430.

Important Volunteer and Contractor Information

All volunteers must register at the Volunteer Resource Center located at Smiths Station Baptist Church. This includes contractors whether paid or unpaid. Paid contractors also require state and municipal business licenses.

Do not allow a paid contractor on your property to provide repairs or clean up if they are not wearing an armband and displaying a permit from the City of Smiths Station.

During this initial phase of disaster relief, we are doing everything we possibly can to keep the potential scammers away.

This prevention method is proving very successful so far and we have received very few reports of those attempting to take advantage of property owners. Continue to stay aware and if you have any suspicions whatsoever, please call the Lee County Sheriff’s Department or City Hall.

From Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland to The Smiths Station Community

To: The Smiths Station Community

From F.L. “Bubba” Copeland

Like others in our county and surrounding area, today’s severe weather and tornadic activity made an impact on the lives of citizens in the City of Smiths Station.

Storm damage has resulted in the closure of Lee roads 294 and 295, damage along Lee Road 430 in downtown Smiths Station and left several families in our city homeless.

We will be unable to utilize citizen assistance until the Red Cross has come and assessed the situation. Once that process is completed, however, we will rely heavily on volunteers to assist us with relief.

We grieve and extend our condolences to those in Beauregard and other portions of Lee County who were injured or lost their lives.

Storm Update-Emergency Personnel and Road Closures

All emergency personnel, search and rescue and recovery teams should meet at Sanford Middle School (1500 Lee Rd 11 Opelika, AL) for briefing and assignments. Any displaced families or those looking for loved ones can go to Providence Baptist Church (2807 Lee Rd 166 Opelika, AL), Red Cross will also be located here. Any media is directed to go to Beauregard High School (7343 Alabama Highway 51 Opelika, AL). Missing persons can be reported to: redcross.org/safeandwell or call 334-749-5651(Lee County Sheriff’s Office) The following roads are closed: Highway 51 from Lee Rd 42 to Lee Rd 39(diversions are set up at Hwy 51 and LR 11, hwy 51 and LR 44, Hwy 51 and Hwy 280.) Lee Rd 38, Lee Rd 39, Lee Rd 721, Lee Rd 294, Lee Rd 293. Property damage reporting should be done directly to your insurance company. Non-urgent reports can be made online at www.leecountysheriff.org/online-reporting.

Community Foundation of East Alabama establishes Disaster Relief Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF EAST ALABAMA ESTABLISHES LEE COUNTY DISASTER RELIEF FUND
CONTACT: BARBARA PATTON 334-744-1020 or info@cfeastalabama.org

Our hearts and prayers are with all those impacted by the devastating tornado’s that hit parts of Lee County on Sunday, March 3.
In order to help those affected, the Community Foundation of East Alabama (CFEA), Inc. has established a Lee County Disaster Relief Fund.
The relief fund has been set up for donors seeking an official conduit to contribute monetary relief efforts.
The Community Foundation of East Alabama will receive, hold, and disperse monies contributed to this fund in a manner deemed appropriate by the CFEA Board of Directors with input from the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, and members of a Disaster Relief Committee. The distributions will help local organizations, municipalities, or other relief efforts as determined by the CFEA Board of Directors and advised by the Disaster Relief Committee.

Contributions may be made on the Community Foundation of East Alabama via the website, cfeastalabama.org, or directly to the Lee County Disaster Relief Fund or mailed to the Community Foundation of East Alabama, P. O. Box 165, Opelika, Alabama 36803-0165. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. For additional information, please contact Barbara Patton at 334-744-1020 or info@cfeastalabama.org