ATLANTA, Ga. -- Nearly four months have passed since tornadoes and severe storms tore through Georgia in early March. Since then, nearly $17.7 million in disaster aid has been approved, 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 $1.2 million in FEMA assistance for individuals and households and more than $9.5 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, GEMA's and FEMA's Public Assistance Program has obligated nearly $6.8 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 June 25, 2007:
- $1,282,093 in disaster assistance has been approved through the Individuals and Households Program:
- $835,900 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.
- $446,193 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.
- $ 9,535,500 in loans has been approved by the SBA for homeowners, renters and businesses:
- $5,523,900 in loans for homeowners and renters.
- $4,011,600 in business loans.
- 934 home inspections were conducted.
- $70,456 in Disaster Unemployment Insurance has been disbursed.
- $6,799,619 in Public Assistance funds has been obligated.
- State obligated $1,488,087
- FEMA obligated $5,311,532
A county-by-county summary of Individual Assistance follows:
Georgia Tornado and Severe Storms Recovery
|County||HA Amount||ONA Amount||Total Individual Assistance|