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 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 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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