CORDELE, Ga. -- As the May 2 registration deadline approaches for federal disaster assistance after Georgia’s tornadoes and severe storms of early March, more than $11.1 million in federal disaster aid has been approved and 1,830 Georgia households have applied for aid, according to officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).
The total in federal disaster aid includes more than $1.17 million in FEMA assistance for individuals and households and more than $6.7 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters and businesses. This individual assistance was approved for nine counties: Baker, Crawford, Dougherty, McDuffie, Mitchell, Sumter, Taylor, Warren, and Worth.
Also, FEMA’s Public Assistance Program has obligated $3.4 million to communities and counties for debris removal, disaster-related emergency services and repair or reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, with additional funding being approved weekly. Public Assistance was approved for 13 counties: Baker, Clay, Crawford, Hancock, McDuffie, Mitchell, Muscogee, Stewart, Sumter, Taylor, Warren, Webster, and Wilkinson.
Below are key recovery numbers as of April 24, 2007:
- $1,175,924 in disaster assistance has been approved through the Individuals and Households Program:
- $777,671 has been approved for Housing Assistance. This includes temporary disaster housing and help in restoring uninsured homes that were made unsafe, unsanitary or non-functional.
- $398,253 in disaster assistance has been approved for Other Needs Assistance (ONA). ONA awards are for disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs, such as medical or dental expenses, funeral expenses, moving and storage, transportation costs and the repair or replacement of household appliances, clothing and necessary educational materials.
- 1,830 households have registered for disaster assistance.
- Seven Disaster Recovery Centers had a total of 2,288 visits.
- $ 6,675,500 in loans has been approved by the SBA for homeowners, renters and businesses:
- $5,140,500 in loans for homeowners and renters
- $1,535,000 in business loans.
- 917 home inspections were conducted.
- 76 Disaster Unemployment Insurance have been filed and $34,806 has been disbursed.
- $3,390,003 in Public Assistance funds has been obligated for 100 projects, with 12 more projects pending and additional funding being approved weekly.
A county-by-county summary of Individual Assistance follows:
Georgia Tornado And Severe Storms Recovery (Individual and Household Program: HA – Housing Assistance ONA – Other Needs Assistance as of 4/25/07)
|County||Applications||HA Amount||ONA Amount||Total Individual Assistance|
FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.