The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is using technology to make it easier to apply for disaster assistance. In addition to registering by telephone, residents and business owners in Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Early, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Madison, Miller, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union and White counties can now apply for assistance and find valuable recovery information on the Internet at . They still can apply for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or, for only those with hearing or speech impairment, TTY 1-800-462-7585.
“Individuals and families affected by disasters can apply online by logging on to their Internet provider, visiting a local library that provides Internet access, or reaching out to family members with access to help them complete the application.” said FEMA’s Nick Russo, federal coordinating officer for hurricane recovery efforts in Georgia.
Individuals should be prepared to give their contact information and social security number, as well as provide insurance and financial information when they log on or call to register for assistance. Those who encounter difficulties while registering online can call the FEMA Technical Helpdesk toll-free 1-800-745-0243, 24 hours a day. This number is for technical questions only; applicants with questions about FEMA assistance, or with changes to the information submitted, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to reach the agency’s disaster assistance helpline.
Other disaster news:
- FEMA individual assistance for Georgia Hurricane Ivan has topped $2.5 million: FEMA has approved grants totaling $1,948,066 for housing assistance and $640,979 for other-needs assistance.
- A total of 2,138 individuals have registered for Hurricane Ivan disaster assistance.
- FEMA inspectors have completed 1,347 inspections of damaged homes.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued 1,612 low-interest loan applications (1,330 to homeowners and renters, 282 to businesses), and approved $723,200 in low-interest loans to homeowners and renters.
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.