ATLANTA – Georgians who sustained damage from the April 27-28 storms have only two more weeks to register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“Two weeks may sound like plenty of time, but June 28 will be here before you know it,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. “If you had damage and haven’t registered yet, please do so before it’s too late.”
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.
Expenses not covered by insurance may be eligible for assistance after insurance claims have been paid. Even if an insurance settlement has not yet been reached, individuals must register before the June 28 deadline in order to be considered for federal assistance.
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 a primary residence and up to $40,000 to renters and homeowners to repair or replace personal property damaged or destroyed in the disaster. 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.
“We don’t want to see anyone left out,” said Charley English, State Coordinating Officer for Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). “Registering is the only way to find out if you’re eligible.”
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