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Georgia Hurricane Michael (DR-4400)

Incident Period: October 09, 2018 - October 23, 2018
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 14, 2018

Individual Assistance Applications
Approved: 5,079

Total Individual & Households Program
Dollars Approved: $12,494,710.41

Total Public Assistance Grants
Dollars Obligated: $48,208,021.62

Designated Counties (Individual Assistance):

Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Worth

The deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance ended on December 13, 2018

Crisis Counseling

Georgia Families, or individuals dealing with stress and recovery after Hurricane Michael are eligible for free Crisis Counseling.  There are three ways you can get in contacted with a trained crisis counselor

  • Call Georgia Crisis Hotline 800-715-4225.
  • Call The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Disaster Distress Helpline 800-985-5990.
  • Text: “TalkWithUs” to 66746 (for Spanish, press 2 or text Hablanos to 66746).

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved


Total Individual & Households Program (IHP) - Dollars Approved*


Total Housing Assistance (HA) - Dollars Approved*


Total Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - Dollars Approved*


Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved*

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved


Total Public Assistance Grants (PA) - Dollars Obligated✝


Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated✝


Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated✝

* Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.
✝ Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Learn more about FEMA Disaster definitions. Information is updated every 24 hours.

Understanding Your Determination Letter: What to Do Next

You may have received a letter from FEMA that says you are not eligible for housing assistance. Read your letter carefully to understand the reason for the determination, which may include one or more of the following:

  • You were insured.
  • You reported no home damage when you applied.
  • Insufficient damage. Home is safe to occupy.
  • No initial relocation.
  • Proof of occupancy.
  • FEMA could not verify your identity.

There are many reasons for potential ineligibility for Housing Assistance. If you still have essential needs, and FEMA asks for more information or additional documents, you can appeal the initial decision and be reconsidered for federal assistance.

To appeal a FEMA decision:

Send a letter, with any additional documentation, to FEMA asking for reconsideration. This must be done within 60 days of the date of your ineligibility letter.

Mail to:

FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville MD 20782-7055.
Or fax the documents to: 800-827-8112.

There may be other reasons why FEMA determined you were ineligible. However, you may still be eligible for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) or a grant under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program. If you have questions about the letter you received, get in touch with FEMA by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).

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 . Landlord or medical statements. . Merchandise, service, repair statements and receipts. Add itemized list of vendor information, measurements, etc. . School/Employer statement (for loss of essential tools). Provide the following information on all pages . Disaster number . Registration ID . Applicant Name . Damaged address . Phone number and mailing address Date and sign the letter of appeal. Step 4: Submit your appeal You have 60 days from the date on the decision letter to submit an appeal. By text To locate the closest disaster recovery center: . text DRC and your Zip code to 43362 . visit By Computer Upload the appeal to your disaster account center By mail FEMA Appeals Officer P.O. Box 10055 Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055 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 800-621-3362 (FEMA) (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). TTY, call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
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Hurricane Michael Myths Vs. Facts

Myth #1: I'm a renter. I thought FEMA assistance was only for homeowners for home repairs.

FACT: FEMA assistance is not just paid for homeowners. FEMA may provide assistance to help renters who lost personal property or who were displaced.

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Myth #2: I don't want to apply for help because others had more damage; they need the help more than I do.

FACT: FEMA has enough funding to assist all eligible survivors with their disaster-related needs.

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Myth #3: I didn't apply for help because I don't want a loan.

FACT: FEMA only provides grants that do not have to be paid back. The grants may cover expenses for temporary housing, home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related needs such as medical, dental or transportation costs not covered by insurance or other programs.

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Myth #4: FEMA assistance could affect my Social Security benefits, taxes, food stamps or Medicaid.

FACT: FEMA assistance does not affect benefits from other federal programs and is not considered taxable income.

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How to Help

  • When disaster strikes, every little bit helps. To make the most of your contributions, please follow our guidelines to learn the most effective and safest ways to donate cash, goods, or time following a disaster.  How to help after a disaster. The best way to help is with cash donations to trusted organizations. · Cash is efficient, flexible to use, and requires no packaging or transport. · Trusted organizations will ensure your money goes to help those in need.FEMA does not transport donations, please work with a trusted organization.
  • Cash is best. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.
  • Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly – confirm needed items BEFORE collecting; pack and label carefully; confirm delivery locations; arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods NOT needed burden local organizations’ ability to meet survivors’ confirmed needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.
  • Connect to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.

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Last Updated: 2018-11-05 05:00