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Earlier this morning, President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration that Gov. Kay Ivey set forth yesterday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will supply federal aid for Alabama, if necessary, after Hurricane Sally makes its way through the state this week. 

This aid is meant to "supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on Sept. 14, 2020, and continuing," according to a FEMA press release.

In case of a disaster, FEMA is granted the authority to facilitate physical and financial aid to communities in Alabama after the storm. Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act authorizes this measure, indicating its mission is to "save lives, to protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe."

Should residents need public assistance, FEMA will cover 75% of the costs associated with the equipment and resources that are used. The state will cover the difference.

Yesterday, Ivey ordered that all beaches must close at 3 p.m. Monday and began evacuation measures for south Alabamians. This came after declaring an early Monday state of emergency for Alabama in anticipation of the storm's arrival.

Here are the counties and tribes for which assistance is granted:

  1. Autauga
  2. Baldwin
  3. Barbour
  4. Bibb
  5. Blount
  6. Bullock
  7. Butler
  8. Calhoun
  9. Chambers
  10. Cherokee
  11. Chilton
  12. Choctaw
  13. Clarke
  14. Clay
  15. Cleburne
  16. Coffee
  17. Conecuh
  18. Coosa
  19. Covington
  20. Crenshaw
  21. Dale
  22. Dallas
  23. Elmore
  24. Escambia
  25. Etowah
  26. Geneva
  27. Greene
  28. Hale
  29. Henry
  30. Houston
  31. Jefferson
  32. Lee
  33. Lowndes
  34. Macon
  35. Marengo
  36. Mobile
  37. Monroe
  38. Montgomery
  39. Perry
  40. Pickens
  41. Pike
  42. Randolph
  43. Russell
  44. Shelby
  45. St. Clair
  46. Sumter
  47. Talladega
  48. Tallapoosa
  49. Tuscaloosa
  50. Washington
  51. Wilcox
  52. Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Hurricane Sally continues to creep through the Mississippi Delta and is expected to make landfall this evening. Alabama will be directly affected starting Wednesday and could experience severe weather through the end of the work week.

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