THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- Decatur County residents who suffered losses in the Valentine's Day tornadoes that hit southwest Georgia early Monday morning are now eligible to register for a wide range of individual assistance programs according to federal and state officials overseeing the recovery effort.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance programs include temporary housing, individual and family grants, disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling and Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans to repair or replace storm-damaged property.
The programs are available for homeowners, renters, farmers, and small business owners who suffered uninsured storm-related losses due to the tornadoes.
Individuals seeking assistance are encouraged to call 1-800-462-9029 to register to determine if they are eligible under any of the state and federal disaster relief programs. The toll-free number will operate from 8a.m. to 6p.m (ET), Sunday through Saturday. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments who use special keyboard equipment (TTY) should call 1-800-462-7585.