LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - It's has been two weeks since the EF 3 tornado ripped through parts of Lee County.
Monday, the Lee County EMA updated the members of the County Commission on recovery efforts.
"There are FEMA teams on the ground that are actually going door to door, making contact with people to ensure that they have registered, they've been to the DRC and that is very important," explains EMA Director, Kathy Carson.
The DRC, or the Disaster Recovery Center, is now open at Smiths Station Government Center. Victims are encouraged to register. Even if you have received a letter stating you are denied benefits, take it to the DRC.
"Friday we received word that there was a Federal Declaration and the federal declaration turns on all the FEMA assistance to the citizens and to the county for expenses we've incurred, but mainly to the citizens to help them get back on their feet," says Carson.
To date, the EMA has logged over 385 volunteers at the Volunteer Reception Center and recorded over 2,000 hours of community time to help neighbors.
FEMA teams will continue to be in Lee County until there is no longer a need.
"We got a good operating team and it worked well. We need to keep it up," says Lee County Commissioner, John Andrew Harris.
"I want to compliment the (EMA) staff on not only the great job doing what their trained to do, but also preparations for future events," explains Lee County Commissioner Johnny Lawrence.
Victims are encouraged to continue to call the 2-1-1 line with any help requests.