FEMA individual assistance for Georgia Hurricane Ivan has topped $2.1 million: FEMA has approved grants totaling $1,593,392 for housing assistance and $522,506 for other-needs assistance.
A total of 1,870 individuals have registered for assistance in recovering from damages inflicted by Hurricane Ivan, which began affecting Georgia on September 14.
FEMA inspectors have completed 1,145 inspections of damaged homes.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued 1,409 low-interest loan applications (1,158 to homeowners and renters, 251 to businesses), and has approved $644,300 in low-interest loans to homeowners and renters.
Two counties, Clayton and Forsyth, have been added to the list of Georgia counties eligible to receive individual assistance in connection with Hurricane Ivan. The 17 counties previously approved are Carroll, Cherokee, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Early, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Madison, Miller, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union, and White. Those who suffered damage to their homes, apartments, or business properties in these counties are urged to apply for assistance by calling the toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The number for those with hearing or speech impairment is TTY 1-800-462-7585. Operators are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. If possible, individuals should call in the evening after 6:00 p.m. or on weekends when call volume often is lighter.
Residents now can also apply for assistance and find valuable recovery information on the Internet at www.fema.gov.
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.