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 10, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Temporary Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Carroll and Johnson counties will close Thursday, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which jointly operate the centers. The DRCs have given victims of the May 11-12 tornadoes an opportunity to meet in person with recovery specialists.
June 9, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Mitigation is the effort to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the effect of disasters. A recent study shows that each dollar spent on mitigation saves an average of four dollars. FEMA's mitigation specialists manage numerous congressionally-authorized programs that address the effects of natural hazards through mitigation activities.
June 6, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia residents can begin to turn their backs on the May 11-12 tornadoes and storms to move forward in their recovery with state and federal disaster assistance approaching the $1.3 million mark. Officials from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report the following efforts, through June 5, two weeks since the May 23 presidential disaster declaration:
June 4, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Severe storms and tornadoes threaten more than homes.? They can damage or destroy bridges, highways, public buildings, parks, hospitals and water treatment plants ? not to mention leave tons of debris or disrupt communications and emergency services.
June 3, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Disasters can complicate the lives of those affected in many ways. Property damage is obvious, but disasters like the tornadoes that struck many Georgia communities May 11-12 also have less immediately visible effects. Some may lose their jobs or income due to the storms. Some may find that they need legal services to help with disaster-related issues. Some may be left stressed out and traumatized.
June 3, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Rebuilding in the aftermath of the early May storms is not only about recovering from disaster, it's also about reducing future risks caused by high winds or tornadoes. "It's the right time for residents and business owners to use techniques to rebuild safer and stronger to reduce the risks of future disaster," said Joe McKinney, Georgia Emergency Management Agency's (GEMA) deputy state coordinating officer. State and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials offer tips to rebuild a better, safer way.