Georgia Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Associated Flooding (DR-1973)

Incident period: April 27, 2011 to April 28, 2011
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 29, 2011

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 26, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. --.Georgia residents with damage from the April 27-28 storms are urged to fill out and return their U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) applications. Failing to do so can cause them to miss out on certain forms of disaster assistance. After applicants register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), they may receive a loan application package from the SBA. People sometimes think the loans are only for businesses or they may not want to take out a low-interest disaster loan, so they may ignore or discard SBA documents.
May 25, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. ?-- Disaster assistance often provides benefits not covered by insurance. That is why Georgia residents affected by the April 27 and 28 severe storms are urged by Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to apply for assistance even if they have insurance.
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 -- 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 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:

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