ATLANTA, Ga. -- The three Disaster Recovery Centers operated by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will close this Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m.
Officials urge residents to go to the centers before Friday to meet one-on-one with specialists to get information or assistance with their recovery from the mid-September flooding.
“We are pleased with the pace of the recovery, but there are people who had damage from the flooding who have not registered for assistance with FEMA and time is running out for them,” said GEMA Director Charley English, who is the State Coordinating Officer. “Registration with FEMA is an essential part of recovering from the flooding.”
Georgians should register for assistance, on the Web at www. DisasterAssistance.gov; or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are staffed seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Help is available in all languages.
Three U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers will open Monday, Oct. 26. The SBA centers will continue serving Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett county residents as they recover from the September storms and flooding.
The outreach centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until further notice. They will operate at the same locations as the Disaster Recovery Centers.
The following Disaster Recovery Centers will close at 7 p.m Friday, Oct. 23:
- Cobb County. The Threadmill, Suite 120, 5000 Austell/Powder Springs Road, Austell, GA 30106
- Douglas County. Heritage Baptist Church, 8800 Rose Ave., Douglasville, GA 30134
- Gwinnett County. Mountain Park Depot, 5050 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lilburn, GA 30047
"Even though the Disaster Recovery Centers are transitioning to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers, FEMA is still helping households in Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. "Applicants with questions or those who need assistance are encouraged to call FEMA's toll-free Helpline 800-621-FEMA (3362).”
After registration, people can come to one of the three Disaster Recovery Centers to check on the status of their applications, review information needed to process their claim, get help filling out loan applications from the SBA, get lists of places to rent, learn ways to rebuild safely from FEMA mitigation specialists, and meet with experts from other disaster assistance agencies.
After the recovery centers close, information about claims and other forms of assistance will be available by calling the Helpline, or visiting FEMA on the Web.
SBA representatives will be at Disaster Recovery Centers through Friday, and then at the SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers, to answer any questions about the SBA’s low-interest disaster loan program for homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes. These loans are to repair or replace real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storms and flooding.
Representatives will help complete and accept SBA disaster loan applications. Anyone not able to go to the centers should call the SBA Customer Service Center between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Saturday, toll free, at 800-659-2955 for information and assistance, or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or send an email to dis...