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May 24, 2011
News Release
The severe storms that swept across northern Georgia on April 27 and 28 clearly demonstrated the serious threat that extreme weather conditions can have on this part of the state. Although a home may be built “to code,” that does not mean it can withstand the forces from extreme events such as tornadoes, straight line winds and major hurricanes. A safe room or a wind shelter that is part of a homestead will provide a space where you and your family have a refuge that provides a high level of protection. You can build a safe room in one of several places in your home:
May 24, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA – When individuals apply for federal and state disaster assistance, there may be an expectation that disaster recovery programs will provide the money needed to recover from the damages caused by the April 27-28 storms. Officials with Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stress that disaster programs, except for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) low interest disaster loans, cannot return anyone to their pre-disaster conditions.  
May 23, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA -- Three weeks after the federal disaster declaration, more than $5.2 million in federal assistance has been distributed to help survivors recover from the severe storms and tornadoes that struck Georgia April 27-28. As of the close of business on May 22, the following financial assistance was allotted to help survivors:
May 23, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. – The three remaining Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in northwestern Georgia, serving those affected by the April 27 – 28 storms, will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, disaster officials announced today. Survivors with questions may still call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free helpline and access information via the Internet and mobile devices. 
May 23, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants every survivor of the severe storms of April 27 and 28 to receive the maximum assistance for which they are eligible. But, officials said, there are some things FEMA can’t do, such as duplicate insurance payments or fill in the blanks on missing information.
May 20, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Mitigation funds are available from the U. S. Small Business Administration for approved borrowers with damage to their real estate property.? Borrowers already approved for a loan may request an increase of up to 20 percent of their physical loan amount to help fund mitigation measures to assist them with their long-term recovery needs.??
May 20, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Spalding County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 23, disaster officials announced today. Applicants with questions may still call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free helpline and access information via the Internet and mobile devices.  They may also visit any of the three DRCs that continue to operate after Monday.
May 19, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia residents who suffered damage from recent tornadoes can get advice on rebuilding stronger, more disaster-resistant structures from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation specialists in area Home Depot and Lowe's stores. More than 1900 customers have taken advantage of this service at the Home Depot and Lowe's locations in Griffin and Ft. Oglethorpe. FEMA's mitigation specialists will leave these stores at close of business on Thursday, May 19.
May 18, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Some Georgia disaster aid recipients have expressed concern that their state and federal grants might cause them to lose Social Security benefits, pay additional taxes, or give up income-based benefit programs. Officials with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) say those concerns are unfounded. In most cases, the Social Security Administration does not count federal or state disaster aid as income. Here are answers to the most common questions:
May 18, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia residents in the 25 federally declared counties affected by the April 27 and 28 storms can request the assistance of a lawyer through a toll-free legal aid line operated by the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division/American Bar Association. The service is provided by Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Bar of Georgia.

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