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 2, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the National Guard Armory in Louisville, opened to assist people who suffered losses from the May 11-12 tornadoes, will close permanently at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4. However, this does not mean an end to the opportunity to apply for federal assistance or to obtain help with an application or appeal, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
June 2, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Inspection is an essential part of the process of obtaining federal aid to repair or rebuild property damaged by the recent tornadoes, according to officials of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Being prepared for the inspection will help speed the process of obtaining assistance.
June 2, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- People who have applied for a federal disaster housing assistance grant to help cover costs from the May 11-12 Georgia tornadoes should not despair if the first response they receive is negative. "Every applicant has the right to appeal," said Jeff Bryant, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), "and, depending on the circumstances, may be able to reverse the initial ruling."
May 31, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Since President Bush declared a major disaster for the state of Georgia on May 23 significant amounts of federal aid have begun to flow into the affected areas. Families and individuals who suffered damage from the tornadoes and severe storms of May 11-12 have been approved to receive $617,030 in assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Georgia. More than $500,000 of this assistance has already been paid to eligible applicants.
May 30, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgians who are planning to rebuild after the severe storms and tornadoes of May 11-12 that ravaged the state will likely need contractors to help them repair disaster damages or rebuild their homes and businesses. When it comes to choosing professional construction help, state and federal disaster recovery officials are urging citizens to be smart consumers - aware that there are some scam artists who perpetrate fraud upon unwary and dazed storm victims. To help the process go smoothly, recovery officials are offering the following suggestions:
May 29, 2008
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Friday afternoon at 1 p.m., six new Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open to provide Georgians who experienced losses from the May tornadoes with the opportunity to get in-person advice about assistance and recovery.? The new centers are in Douglas, Emanuel, McIntosh, Jefferson, Twiggs, and Johnson counties. Following Friday, they will be open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday until further notice. Locations are listed below.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Georgia, FEMA-1761-DR (PDF 37KB)
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