FEMA Approves $22.4 Million In Disaster Aid For Georgia Flood Survivors

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October 2, 2009
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ATLANTA, Ga. -- Since President Obama's disaster declaration last week for those areas struck by severe storms and flooding in the State of Georgia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) have been working closely to deliver support to impacted communities through financial assistance, information and person-to-person contact.

"FEMA is in Georgia, with our state and local partners, to support the Governor and help the people of Georgia who have been so devastated by these storms and flooding" said Craig Fugate, FEMA's Administrator. "Emergency response is a team effort, and in major events like last week's flooding, this team work is critical. We continue, through the Federal Coordinating Officer, to work closely with state and local leaders and we look forward to continuing our work on behalf of the president and Secretary Napolitano to help Georgia recover." 

Assistance to those affected includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties within the state.

"FEMA will provide assistance quickly, but we can't help you until you register for help," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. "We encourage people affected by the storms and flooding to register right away by calling FEMA's toll-free number or going online."

The following assistance has been made available since the President's declaration on September 24:

  • Through the Individuals and Households Program, $22.4 million has been approved for housing and other disaster-related needs – this is aid that is delivered directly to individuals.

  • To date, 13,651 people have registered with FEMA for assistance.

  • In addition, 2,152 visitors have been assisted at Disaster Recovery Centers.

  • There are14 Disaster Recovery Centers are open seven days a week in north and central Georgia.

  • FEMA has 55 community relations field specialists are visiting neighborhoods, talking with Georgians at their homes and at community meetings in affected counties.  Teams have visited more than 1,000 homes and talked with more than 300 businesses, churches, schools and community organizations.

  • Currently, 23 Georgia counties are eligible for some type of federal disaster assistance. Of those, 15 counties have Individual Assistance and Public Assistance; 2 counties have Individual Assistance only; and 6 counties have Public Assistance only.

    • Individual Assistance is for homeowners, renters and business owners in the 17 IA-designated counties who suffered uninsured or underinsured loss or damage as a result of the flooding. Grants and loans may be available to individuals.  Businesses of all sizes can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    • Public Assistance is the FEMA program that reimburses state agencies and local governments in the 21 PA-designated counties for eligible disaster-related emergency measures and repair and replacement of damaged public facilities and infrastructure. The reimbursement is on a cost-share basis – 75 federal, 25 percent state-local.

  • An estimated 1,500 flood insurance claims have been filed.  Everyone in the Atlanta metro area is eligible to buy flood insurance through FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program..

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties may apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov...

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