Note to Editors: Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help Georgia residents recover from damages caused by Hurricane Ivan. The following is a summary of ongoing recovery efforts as of 7 a.m., October 29, 2004, unless otherwise noted. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will update this information weekly from their Joint Information Center in FEMA’s Disaster Field Office (DFO) in College Park, Georgia. The DFO opened September 22.
FEMA individual assistance for Georgia Hurricane Ivan has topped $2.8 million: FEMA has approved grants totaling $2,174,052 for housing assistance and $708,883 for other-needs assistance.
A total of 2,235 individuals have registered for Hurricane Ivan disaster assistance.
FEMA inspectors have completed 1,493 inspections of damaged homes.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued 1,748 low-interest loan applications (1,444 to homeowners and renters, 304 to businesses), and approved $952,100 in low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, and businesses.
People who have suffered damage to their home, apartment, or business property in the declared counties of Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Early, Forsyth, 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) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for those with hearing and speech impairments. 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 also can 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.