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FEMA applications available

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Residents in five counties in Alabama can now apply for federal assistance. The January 12th storms killed six people and left a trail of destruction in its wake, news outlets reported.

Emergency Management Agency Director Ernie Baggott said Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance is now available to residents in Autauga, Dallas, Elmore, Coosa and Hale counties.

Residents can apply for help at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.

Residents are being encouraged to read the FEMA letter thoroughly because it will explain the status of the application, how to respond.

The letter will include the amount of funds and the stipulations with spending the funds.

Melanie began her career as a work study student, working in the areas of news reporting, anchoring and news-gathering. After graduating from Alabama State University, she worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV. As a News Director at WVAS-FM, Melanie leads her team to produce award- winning newscasts and talk shows. Her professional achievements includes News Reporter of the Year for a number of years and awards for talk show producer, by the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press. She is an active member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Her goals are to expand the reach of WVAS FM into more homes locally, regionally and nationally.