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Georgia Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1750)

Incident period: March 14, 2008 to March 16, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 20, 2008


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.

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 370 $1,351,662.70 $1,061,095.33 $290,567.37
Last Updated: Monday, May 2, 2016 - 05:00 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $3,798,680.41 $997,457.42 $2,628,779.99
Last Updated: Monday, May 2, 2016 - 06:38 (Updated daily)

Related Links

Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Georgia, FEMA-1750-DR (PDF 52KB)