A total of 1,628 individuals have registered for assistance in recovering from damages inflicted by Hurricane Ivan, which began affecting Georgia on September 14.
FEMA has disbursed grants totaling $1,343,726 for housing assistance and $412,067 for other-needs assistance.
FEMA inspectors have completed 978 inspections of damaged homes.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued 1,268 low-interest loan applications (1036 to homeowners and renters, 232 to businesses), and has .approved $156,100 in low-interest loans to homeowners and renters.]
People who have suffered damage to their homes, apartments, or business properties in the declared counties of Carroll, Cherokee, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Early, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Madison, Miller, Pickens Rabun, Towns, Union, and White are urged to apply for assistance by calling the toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The special number for those with hearing or speech impairment is TTY 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. If possible, try calling in the evening after 6:00 p.m. or on weekends when call volume often is lighter. Individuals can also find valuable recovery information on the agency’s website at .
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.