Georgia Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1750)
Incident period: March 14, 2008 to March 16, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 20, 2008
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
March 13, 2009
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
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
Disaster Recovery Update: One-Month Milestones; More Than 1,500 Register, Assistance Tops $1.3 Million
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
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 17, 2008
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 16, 2008
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.