From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today unveiled a resource guide as part of National Preparedness Month to help rural communities seeking disaster resiliency and recovery assistance on Wednesday, September 15.
“Unfortunately, Alabama has experienced many natural disasters in our recent history. We have endured tornado outbreaks like that of April 2011, March 2019, and March 2020. We have also weathered hurricanes such as Sally, Zeta, and Ida,” Rural Development Alabama Acting State Director Allen Bowen said. “USDA remains a strong partner who is committed to working with Alabama’s rural communities to prepare for natural disasters and to help in long-term recovery efforts from disasters like these. Through investments in infrastructure, families, and businesses, USDA can help rural communities build back better and stronger than ever before.”
The resource guide outlines USDA Rural Development (RD) programs and services that can help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by disasters and support long-term planning and recovery efforts. A resource matrix categorizes RD programs that can support preparedness and recovery through four key assistance types:
- housing assistance, and community and economic development planning;
- infrastructure and equipment financing;
- industry, entrepreneurship, and local business development; and
- education and training.
The guide also includes information on technical assistance providers and other federal agencies that work with USDA to support rural communities in disaster planning and recovery efforts. It features examples of how customers have used USDA programs to support their recovery efforts.
Additional resources to support rural communities seeking disaster assistance are available at https://www.rd.usda.gov/page/
To learn more about investment resources for rural areas in Alabama, contact the nearest USDA Rural Development area office.
Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety, and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal, and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.