ATLANTA, Ga. -- Five weeks after the official disaster declaration, more than $8 million in federal assistance has been approved to help survivors recover from the severe storms and tornadoes that struck Georgia April 27-28.
At the close of business on June 5, more than 5,300 people from 25 federally declared counties have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA-contracted inspectors have completed almost 2,900 inspections of damaged property, a required phase in the process of getting assistance to the individual.
Federal grants of more than $4.1 million have been approved to address housing and Other Needs Assistance.
These grants include nearly $4 million in housing aid to help homeowners and renters:
- Rent temporary housing for a limited period of time;
- Repair damage to a primary residence; and,
- Help replace homes destroyed in the disaster.
Other Needs Assistance grants of more than $1 million have been disbursed to help pay for:
- Disaster-related medical and dental costs;
- Disaster-related funeral and burial costs;
- Clothing, household items, tools required for work and necessary educational materials;
- Disaster-damaged vehicles;
- Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster; and,
- Other necessary expenses or serious needs as determined by FEMA.
Federal assistance is limited to damage not covered by insurance or other sources.
The Small Business Administration has approved more than $3.9 million in low-interest loans to assist homeowners in the recovery process.
Individuals can register for individual assistance with FEMA online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or on mobile devices at m.fema.gov. They can also call toll-free phone numbers 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week. Help is available in most languages. The deadline to register is June 28, 2011.
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.