People who have suffered damage to their home, apartment or business property by Hurricane Ivan in the counties of Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Early, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Madison, Miller, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union and White must apply for assistance no later than November 17.
They can do so 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 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, seven days a week. Individuals also can apply and find valuable recovery information on the agency’s website at .
Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies continue to work in partnership to help Georgia residents recover from damages caused by Hurricane Ivan. The following is a summary of ongoing recovery efforts as of 8 a.m., November 12, 2004.
FEMA individual assistance for Georgia Hurricane Ivan has topped $3 million: FEMA has approved grants totaling $2,417,614 for housing assistance and $859,117 for other-needs assistance for a combined total of $3,276,731.
A total of 2,458 individuals have registered for Hurricane Ivan disaster assistance.
FEMA inspectors have completed 1,616 inspections of damaged homes.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued 1,827 low-interest loan applications (1,511 to homeowners and renters, 316 to businesses), and approved $2,317,800 in low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses.
Voluntary agencies are addressing needs of families who may have not qualified for or may have reached the limits of eligibility for federal and state disaster assistance. Assistance provided by voluntary agencies includes food and emergency shelter; rental assistance; pet care; replacement of personal property; assistance with funeral, burial or medical expenses; crises counseling; and minor repairs to homes.
The voluntary organizations include the Humane Association of Georgia, Lutheran Disaster Response, United Methodist Church, World Vision, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul Society, United Way and United Way 2-1-1, Georgia Association of Food Banks, and Adventist Community Services.
Included among the families who have received support and assistance from the Georgia voluntary agencies have been hundreds of families who were temporarily evacuated from their homes in Florida.
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.