ATLANTA -- Disaster recovery centers opened Monday in Dade and Catoosa counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. The centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice at the following addresses:
Catoosa County Learning Center
36 Muscogee Trail
Ringgold, GA 30736
Dade County Board of Commissioners Room
71 Case Ave.
Trenton, GA 30752
More centers will open soon in other counties designated for federal assistance. Survivors can find the closest center by using the online disaster recovery center locator at http://go.usa.gov/CDc.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Emergency Management Agency and other agencies are available to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid. Recovery specialists also can help disaster survivors with referrals to other assistance programs.
Before going to a center, people with storm losses should register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Help is available in most languages. Help is available at the disaster recovery centers for all storm survivors.
Persons affected by the storms can also apply for federal assistance directly through a Web-enabled mobile device or smartphone. Visit m.fema.gov and follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”
Federal disaster assistance can include grants for rental assistance and home repairs, low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.