ATLANTA, Ga. -- The deadline for Georgians affected by the April 27-28 storms to register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is June 28, 2011.
“Anyone who sustained damage from the storms and tornadoes and who has not yet registered for disaster assistance should do so immediately. Federal funds are still available, but time is running out to register," said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech.
FEMA Housing Assistance grants may cover rental assistance, home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance. Other Needs Assistance grants may be available to replace personal property and help meet disaster-related medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable-aid programs.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (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 renters and homeowners to repair or replace personal property. Also, up to $2 million may be available for businesses for their uncompensated disaster losses. Completing and returning the SBA application is an essential step in the process of being considered for other forms of disaster assistance.
“Everyone with damage should register,” said State Coordinating Officer Charley English. “You may be eligible for assistance, and this is the only way to find out.”
REGISTER FOR ASSISTANCE
- 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 between
7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Multi-lingual operators are available.?
- Online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
- On a Web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov.
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.