ATLANTA – Almost $15 million in federal assistance has been approved for individuals and business owners, as well as local, county and state governments in the 25 Georgia counties that were declared a major disaster area on April 29. The registration period for this assistance closed
Here is a summary through Wednesday, June 29, of all federal assistance to individuals who suffered losses due to the April storms and tornadoes:
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $4,593,061 in total housing and personal needs.
- Of that amount, $3,338,861 has been approved for Individuals and Households Program (IHP) expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
- FEMA approved $1,254,200 in Other Needs Assistance to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses, funeral expenses, and personal property.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration approved $5,819,700 in loans to homeowners, renters or business owners.
- There were 5,478 applicants who registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance.
- There were 4,808 visits made to the Disaster Recovery Centers operated jointly by FEMA and the state of Georgia.
- A total of 3,058 home inspections were completed to assess disaster damage.
- Teams of FEMA and Georgia Emergency Management Agency Community Relations field specialists distributed approximately 75,000 flyers and worked in the affected counties to help identify and assist disaster survivors. In the course of explaining the recovery process, they visited:
- 3,689 residences
- 657 businesses
- 340 faith-based groups
- 165 community organizations
- 30 school districts, with a potential to reach 40,232 students and staff