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Tell Your Neighbor To Register For Disaster Assistance

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May 13, 2011
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ATLANTA -- The modern communication age provides many high-tech ways to share information, including television, radio, newspapers, internet, mobile applications, wireless networks and cell phones. However, one of the most effective ways to "get the word out" is still the original one: through personal contact.

That’s why Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) officials are asking the public to help them spread a very important message to their neighbors and fellow storm survivors: "Register for Disaster Assistance Today!"

“If you have already registered for disaster assistance, you may know someone, a family member or a neighbor, who has not applied for help. Please take a few moments to call or knock on your neighbors' doors to see if they have applied with FEMA and the SBA," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Sczech.

The severe storms and tornadoes of April 27-28 affected many Georgia neighborhoods. A presidential declaration on April 30 opened the door for federal funds to assist homeowners, renters and business owners with recovery.

FEMA Housing Assistance grants may cover rental assistance, home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance. The objective is to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. Other Needs Assistance grants may be available to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable-aid programs.

The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not covered by insurance. The SBA may lend up to $200,000 to repair or replace homes and up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Also, up to $2 million may be available for businesses for their uncompensated disaster losses.


  • By telephone at FEMA’s toll-free number, 1‑800-621-FEMA (3362) or

TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 for persons with speech or hearing disabilities. Phones will be answered between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available.

SBA questions can be answered by calling the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or TTY/TTD for persons with speech or hearing disabilities Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until further notice on Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. Help is also available by sending an email to or online at

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationalit...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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