CORDOVA, Ala-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency says fewer than 50,000 people have registered for federal aid so far in the two weeks since the April 27 tornado outbreak.
They want people to know that help is available, but victims have to register to be eligible.
A Federal Disaster Recovery Center is open from 7 AM to 7 PM in the parking lot of Cordova High School in Walker County.
Here, officials with FEMA, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Agriculture and other state and local agencies are waiting to help tornado victims start getting their lives back together.
But there's just one problem: many storm victims haven't taken the time out to register yet.
Officials with FEMA say that after a disaster, a victim's first call should be to his insurance company, but the second call should be to FEMA.
They say storm victims should register with FEMA even if they suspect they won't qualify for any assistance