Georgia Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1761)

Incident period: May 11, 2008 to May 12, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 23, 2008

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 17, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga.?-- The temporary Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Bibb County will close Thursday, June 19 according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which jointly operate the center. This is the remaining DRC open to give victims of the May 11-12 tornadoes an opportunity to meet in person with recovery specialists.
June 16, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Recovery from the May 11-12 storms and tornadoes won't be complete until state and local officials consider how to help prevent or to minimize losses in a future disaster. So say the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which offer mitigation assistance through a variety of programs.
June 13, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- If knowledge is power, then more than 53,000 Georgians have some clout in dealing with the aftermath of the May 11-12 storms. This week, community relations and mitigation teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) topped that number of individuals they contacted since May 23 with information about disaster assistance.
June 12, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. --Mother Nature?s early May fury delivered a one-two punch to thousands in Georgia. Along with damage to or total loss of their homes, people have also had to face dangerous mounds of debris on their property and throughout their communities. But Georgians are receiving state, federal and voluntary agency assistance to tackle the problem. About 26 voluntary agencies responded to the Georgia disaster including the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army; three have played a critical role in the cleanup of debris.
June 12, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. --The upcoming closures of the last two temporary Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC), one on Saturday and the other next Thursday, do not mean an end to storm victims? opportunity to apply for help, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which jointly operate the centers. Officials continue to encourage anyone with damage from the May tornadoes to register for assistance before the July 22 deadline.
June 11, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Restoring business is an important part of recovery from disasters. Businesses that plan for disaster before a storm typically have less damage, loss, and downtime than those that do not. It's a good reason, according to federal and state officials, to include disaster preparations in the normal course of business planning. By mid-June, 490 businesses affected by the May 11-12 tornadoes in Georgia had registered with FEMA for disaster assistance and were referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest disaster loan applications.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Georgia, FEMA-1761-DR (PDF 37KB)
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