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March 13, 2009
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- In March 2008, Georgia experienced a system of severe storms and tornadoes that left millions of dollars in damages throughout the state. From March 14 to March 16, a total of 45 tornadoes pushed through the south, 11 of them touching down in Georgia.   One tornado shocked Atlantans by cutting a swath through downtown on March 14 just before 10 p.m. Over the next two days, more tornadoes would collide into communities in several other parts of the state.  
April 24, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Federal and state officials overseeing Georgia's disaster recovery from the onslaught of mid-March severe storms and tornadoes urge all registered applicants to stay in touch throughout the recovery process. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) say this is especially important as disaster-related insurance claims are settled and contact information changes.
April 23, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- In a fast-paced month of disaster recovery efforts, state and federal recovery officials pointed to on-going progress in bringing a wide range of disaster assistance to Georgia individuals, businesses and public entities hit hard by mid-March tornadoes and severe storms.
April 17, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- As the Georgia disaster recovery nears the one month mark, recovery officials report a leveling off of registrations in the seven counties declared eligible for disaster assistance by President Bush.
April 17, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia residents coping with low insurance settlements and late-arriving bills for damages and losses caused by the mid-March severe storms and tornadoes are running out of time to register for state and federal disaster assistance. The most immediate application deadlines are for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to help residents in any of the seven declared counties who have lost income due to the disaster. The deadlines are set 30 days from the date a county is declared eligible for federal assistance.
April 16, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The tornadoes and severe storms that struck seven Georgia counties and downtown Atlanta came with little notice. Taking precautions long before storm clouds start to form is the best answer for minimizing damage from foul weather such as windstorms and tornadoes. While major structural damage is often unavoidable, there are a number of simple preventive steps homeowners can take to reduce or minimize damage, according to hazard-reduction specialists.
April 10, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. ?-- More than three weeks have passed since severe storms and tornadoes ripped through seven Georgia counties. Local, state and federal officials are working to help get affected Georgians back on their feet.
April 9, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Disaster applicants who have received a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application should take the time to fill it out ? even if they don't want a loan. Failure to fill out the SBA disaster loan application can put those impacted by the severe storms and tornadoes at risk of stopping the disaster assistance process in its tracks.
April 9, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- If applicants for disaster assistance receive a letter saying their initial request for aid has been denied, it often means that one or more aspects of the application require further information or correction. Receipt of this letter does not necessarily mean "case closed."
April 8, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Help comes in many forms following major disasters. The information below may assist disaster applicants in Bartow, Burke, DeKalb, Floyd, Fulton, Jefferson and Polk counties with tax issues, unemployment and legal advice, according to officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).

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