ATLANTA -- Three weeks after the federal disaster declaration, more than $5.2 million in federal assistance has been distributed to help survivors recover from the severe storms and tornadoes that struck Georgia April 27-28.
As of the close of business on May 22, the following financial assistance was allotted to help survivors:
- $2,557,157 was paid through the Federal Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) disaster grant program to help Georgia residents with temporary housing and home repairs.
- $1,840,500 was approved for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans for homeowners and businesses.
- $875,625 was disbursed for the repair or replacement of personal property, transportation, medical, dental and funeral expenses under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program.
In addition to financial assistance, FEMA has made personal contact with disaster survivors:
- 63,303 residents, business owners and local organizations have been contacted by FEMA community relations specialists who distributed recovery information to them.
- 4,583 people visited the state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers to talk with recovery specialists.
- 2,431 people have received information from FEMA mitigation specialists in local Home Depot and Lowe’s stores on how to rebuild using disaster-resistant techniques.
- 2,683 inspections of damaged property have been completed by FEMA-contracted inspectors, a necessary phase in the process of getting assistance to the individual for repairs and rebuilding.
As a result of FEMA’s efforts:
- 4,972 individuals and households have registered for disaster assistance.
TTY 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week. Help is available in most languages.
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, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
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