ATLANTA – Georgians who sustained damage from the April 27-28 storms have only about a week left to register for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"The deadline is fast approaching,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. “If you had damage, you may be eligible for federal help, but make sure you don’t miss that deadline.”
The deadline is Tuesday, June 28, according to officials with FEMA and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).
June 28 is also the deadline to submit disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Survivors and business owners who have yet to register should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362); 1-800-462-7585 for persons with speech and hearing disabilities. Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Online registration is available any time at www.disasterassistance.gov.
“If you miss that all-important deadline, you will never know whether or not you qualified for assistance,” said GEMA’s State Coordinating Officer Charley English.
As of close of business on June 19, 5,441 Georgians have registered for federal assistance, and assistance approved is more than $4.4 million. More than $5 million in low-interest disaster loans has been approved through the SBA.
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...