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 13, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA -- Beginning Sunday, May 15, all 13 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Georgia’s federal disaster declaration counties will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday until further notice. DRCs provide disaster registrants in the areas they serve with an opportunity to check on the status of their applications and meet with federal and state disaster program representatives, volunteer agency representatives and loan officers from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
May 11, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Teams of specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will offer techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damages at locations in Catoosa and Spalding counties beginning Saturday, May 7. The locations are: Lowe's2215 Battlefield Pkwy.Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30742 Lowe's1520 Hwy 16 WestGriffin, GA 30223 Home Depot2055 Battlefield Pkwy.Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30742
May 11, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA – Many Georgia residents come to volunteer agencies for disaster assistance. This is not the same as registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for help. Both entities have been exceptionally active following the April 27 and 28 severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and associated flooding.
May 11, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Common misunderstandings about disaster assistance may deprive individuals of vital help from state and local agencies and from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "The last thing you need in a disaster is misinformation," said State Coordinating Officer Charley English. "The best way to avoid that problem is to register with FEMA and get the facts." Registering with FEMA is an important first step in recovery.
May 10, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA – Georgia residents who suffered damage in recent severe storms should be aware that the help they receive will be based on their unique circumstances and needs.  "We want everyone to receive the maximum assistance for which they are eligible," said Gracia Szczech, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster operations in Georgia. "The amount and type of assistance an individual receives could be completely different from what his neighbor receives, even though the damages appear to be similar."
May 10, 2011
News Release
ATLANTA – Disaster survivors applying for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have several ways to track their progress and get questions answered. “Georgia residents who must rebuild after the severe storms and tornadoes in April have a big challenge ahead of them,” said FEMA’s Gracia Szczech, federal coordinating officer. “We don’t want the disaster assistance process to become one of those challenges.”

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