Individuals and households in Mobile County may apply for federal disaster assistance after an assessment determined the area was qualified following the heavy rain and flooding late last month. Baldwin County was among four others also determined to be eligible after an initial assessment last week.

“The City of Mobile suffered significant damage as a result of the storms, and this step by FEMA will help speed the recovery process for many of our citizens,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said in a statement. “We appreciate the quick response by our state and federal partners, and we encourage every citizen who suffered damages to take advantage of this assistance.”

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured individuals may include money to help pay for temporary housing and emergency home repairs, money for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster-relief organization. FEMA registrants must use the name that appears on their Social Security card.

Applicants can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone at m.fema.gov. More information is also available at 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585.