Businesses in 13 Alabama counties may qualify for disaster loans related to Tropical Storm Claudette

As of 10 a.m. Friday, June 18, eight Alabama counties were placed under a state of emergency related to Tropical Storm Claudette, based on a proclamation issued Monday, June 21. The storm impacted Alabama on Saturday, June 19.

Governor’s Proclamation

Baldwin, Butler, Cherokee, DeKalb, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Tuscaloosa counties were included in the state proclamation.

FEDERAL DECLARATION
On Monday, July 26, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced businesses in 13 Alabama counties may apply for physical disaster loans or economic injury disaster loans related to Tropical Storm Claudette. Gov. Kay Ivey requested the loans July 21. The federal disaster declaration covers Escambia and Tuscaloosa counties and the adjacent counties of Baldwin, Bibb, Conecuh, Covington, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Monroe, Pickens and Walker.

Fact Sheet

Alabama Small Business Development Center Network’s Claudette information

The SBA opened a disaster loan outreach center at the Northport Civic Center at 3500 McFarland Blvd. on Tuesday, July 27. Through 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, the center will be open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. The center is also open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, only.

Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Virtual customer support representatives are available to help applicants who cannot come to the disaster loan outreach center complete the online application during these hours:

Open:    Monday – Sunday (7 days/week)

Hours:  8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT

Email:   FOCE-Help@sba.gov(link sends e-mail)

Phone: (800) 659-2955

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Sept. 20, 2021. Economic injury applications are due April 22, 2022.

The statewide emergency proclamation prohibits price gouging and eases transportation restrictions for the movement of emergency supplies throughout the state.

When Alabama experiences a state of emergency, Alabama’s price gouging law is in effect.

ALABAMA’S PRICE GOUGING LAWMakes it unlawful for anyone to raise prices on commodities or lodging by more than 25 percent during the declared state of emergency. To avoid violating Alabama’s price gouging law, figure the price charged for each of the previous 30 days. Add the 30 daily prices, divide by 30, and multiply the price by .25, or 25 percent, to figure the maximum price increase allowed for any one day. The exception is if a wholesale price increases by more than 25 percent and merchants have no choice but to pass along the price increase.

The fine for violating Alabama’s price gouging law can be up to $1,000 per incident. Those who willfully and continually violate the law can be banned from doing business in Alabama.

TRANSPORTATION
The declaration also allows truck drivers delivering disaster-related supplies and goods to Alabama to exceed the hours of service or spend less time off duty than required by federal law. The waiver only applies to the time a driver is delivering the disaster supplies for up to 30 days after the emergency declaration, or until the declaration ends. Under federal law, a driver may drive only during a period of 14 consecutive hours after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty. The proclamation loosens that regulation only as it relates to the timely delivery of disaster supplies for the 30 days or less of the emergency declaration.

The order also allows the Alabama Department of Transportation to issue weight waivers for vehicles and loads. Bridge and other structural weight limits and well as insurance requirements remain.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS
For real-time road conditions, the Alabama Department of Transportation encourages you to visit https://algotraffic.com/ or download the ALGO Traffic app available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

OVERWEIGHT OR OVERSIZE LOADS
For information on permitting related to oversize or overweight loads, contact the Alabama Department of Transportation’s Vehicle Enforcement Office from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. CST Monday – Friday.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS:

  • For medical and life-threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1.
  • Drivers can report an accident or other emergencies to state troopers by dialing *HP on their cellular devices.
  • Businesses that want to know how to help or donate to relief efforts, call 2-1-1.

WEATHER INFORMATION:
Click the links below for more of your local weather information.

Huntsville https://www.weather.gov/hun/
Birmingham https://www.weather.gov/bmx/
Mobile https://www.weather.gov/mob/

Visit Alabama Retail’s Emergency Preparedness page for other links to the state’s emergency management resource.

Originally posted 3:30 p.m. June 21, 2021