Georgia Hurricane Ivan (DR-1554)

Incident period: September 14, 2004 to October 30, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 18, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 5, 2004
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia residents affected by Hurricane Ivan may be eligible for various forms of tax relief that could lessen some losses, federal and state disaster recovery officials said today. “The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) permits those with casualty losses suffered as a result of the disaster to claim this year’s losses on last year’s return, or amend last year’s return already mailed,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Nick Russo. “The advantage is a quicker refund than available if the losses are filed on returns for 2004.”
October 5, 2004
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) want to remind hurricane Ivan victims that low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for residents and businesses in Carroll, Cherokee, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Early, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Madison, Miller, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union, and White.
October 4, 2004
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia residents affected by Hurricane Ivan who are receiving Social Security, disability or other federal benefits should not hesitate to apply for disaster assistance as well. FEMA storm damage programs are entirely separate from other government programs and tax-free. Yet senior citizens and other federal assistance beneficiaries who suffered storm damage may feel they are ineligible for disaster aid. That’s not so.
October 4, 2004
News Release
Hurricanes and other natural disasters threaten more than homes. They damage or destroy bridges, highways, public buildings, parks and water treatment plants, and leave tons of debris. Communications and emergency services are also disrupted.
October 2, 2004
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) Community Relations teams continue to offer one-on-one assistance to Georgia residents who were victims of Hurricane Ivan. Teams go door-to-door offering information and personal assistance, and to emphasize the importance of registering for assistance by calling the 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) toll free line.
October 1, 2004
News Release
FEMA has disbursed grants totaling $882,221 for housing assistance and $226,964 for other-needs assistance. FEMA inspectors have completed 708 inspections of damaged homes. The Disaster Recovery Centers in Union, Franklin, Gilmer, Madison, and Rabun Counties were visited by 394 people between September 23 and September 27. The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued 1,041 low-interest loan applications: 848 to homeowners and renters; 193 to businesses.

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