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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: 3,603

Total Individual & Households Program
Dollars Approved: $8,816,954.62

Designated Counties (Individual Assistance):

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

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

$8,816,954.62

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

$7,197,626.90

Total Housing Assistance (HA) - Dollars Approved*

$1,619,327.72

Total Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - Dollars Approved*

3,603

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved*

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

If and when public assistance obligated dollar information is available for this disaster, it will be displayed here. Information is updated every 24 hours.

* Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

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

Applying for Assistance

Homeowners, renters and business owners who have uninsured and underinsured losses as a result of Hurricane Michael in Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth counties may now apply for disaster assistance. Check Eligibility Address Lookup DisasterAssistance.gov
 
If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately before applying for disaster assistance. Get the process started quickly. The faster you file, the faster your recovery can begin.
 
If you cannot return to your home, or you are unable to live in your home because of disaster damage, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY) (Multilingual operators are available, press 2 for Spanish) to determine if state, voluntary, and local organizations are in your community to address your immediate needs.

If you are in one of the designated counties, you will need the following to apply for assistance:

  • Social Security Number;
  • Daytime telephone number;
  • Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
  • Insurance information, if available.

After registering with FEMA, a survivor may be contacted by a FEMA-contracted housing inspector to schedule an inspection to verify disaster-related damage. The inspection generally takes about 20-40 minutes. The inspector will want to see the damaged areas of the home and any damaged furniture and personal property. There is no fee for the inspection.

Disaster Recovery Centers

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to help Georgia residents through the disaster assistance process following Hurricane Michael.  

Representatives from the State of Georgia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance. The centers are located at the following locations:

 

***ALL Disaster Recovery Centers in Georgia will be closed on Monday November 12 in observance of Veteran's Day***

 

Baker County
Baker County Senior Center
439 Highway 91-North
Newton, GA 39870
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

 

Calhoun County
Morgan City Hall
54 Court St.
Morgan, GA 39866
11/2-11/7, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, 11/4,1 p.m.-7 p.m

11/16-11/21, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, 11/18, 1 p.m.-7 p.m


Clay County
Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
200 Wilson St. (Senior Citizen Community Center)
Fort Gaines, GA 39851
11/2-11/7, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, 11/4, 1 p.m.-7 p.m

11/16-11/21, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, 11/18, 1 p.m.-7 p.m


Crisp County
Crisp County
Government Center
210 South 7th St.
Cordele, GA 31015
11/8-11/13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 11, 1 p.m.-7 p.m


Decatur County
Decatur County Memorial Coliseum
600 South Wheat Ave.
Bainbridge, GA 39819
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Dougherty County
Isabell School
300 Cason St.
Albany, GA 31705
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Dougherty County
Albany Technical College/
Kirkland Hall
1704 South Slappey Blvd.
Albany, GA 31701
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Early County
Early County Alternative School
544 Howell St.
Blakely, GA 39823
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Grady County
Grady County Agricultural Center
65 11th Ave. NE
Cairo, GA 39828
11/1-11/6, 9 a.m.-7 p.m
Sunday, 11/4, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

11/15-11/20, 9 a.m.-7 p.m
Sunday, 11/18, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Laurens County
Old West Laurens (OWL) High School
338 West Laurens School Rd.
Dublin, GA 31021
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Lee County
Century Fire Station
934 U.S. Highway 19 South
Leesburg, GA 31763
11/8-11/13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 11, 1 p.m.-7 p.m


Miller County
First Baptist Church-Gymnasium
351 E. Pine St.
Colquitt, GA 39837
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Mitchell County
Mitchell County Emergency Service Building
4767 U.S. Highway 37
Camilla, GA 31730
11/1-11/6, 9 a.m.-7 p.m
Sunday, 11/4, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

11/15-11/20, 9 a.m.-7 p.m
Sunday, 11/18, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

 

Randolph County
Randolph County Chamber of Commerce (Old County Courthouse)
51 Court St.
Cuthbert, GA 39840
Friday, Nov. 9 – Wednesday, Nov. 14: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Seminole County
First Baptist Church
409 South Woolfork Ave.
Donalsonville, GA 39845
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Seminole County
Spring Creek Baptist Church
2635 US Highway 253
Donalsonville, GA 39845 Mon.-Sat.
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Sumter County
Georgia National Guard Armory
901 Adderton St.
Americus, GA 31719
Friday, Nov. 9 – Wednesday, Nov. 14: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Terrell County
Terrell County Courthouse/Judge's Chamber
499 Roundtree Dr. SW
Dawson, GA 39842
Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun., 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Thomas County
Emergency Operations Center/Fire Station #3
(in front of the YMCA)
1202 Remington Ave.
Thomasville, GA 31792
11/8-11/13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, 11/11, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Tift County
Tift County Special Programs Building
202 Baldwin Dr.
Tifton, GA 31794
Friday, Nov. 9 – Wednesday, Nov. 14: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 11: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Turner County
Turner County Civic Center
354 Lamar St.
Ashburn, GA 31714
11/2-11/7, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, 11/4, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

11/16-11/21, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, 11/18, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.


Worth County
Worth County Community Center
1301 N. Monroe St
Sylvester, GA 31791
11/1-11/6, 9 a.m.-7 p.m
Sunday, 11/4, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

11/15-11/20, 9 a.m.-7 p.m
Sunday, 11/18, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

What To Expect After Registering For Assistance

After registering for disaster assistance, a survivor may be contacted by a housing inspector to schedule an inspection. The inspection generally takes about 20-40 minutes. The inspector will want to see the damaged areas of the home and any damaged furniture and personal property. There is no fee for the inspection.

Housing inspectors always wear a FEMA badge and will not ask you for your unique 9-digit registration number. They will already have it on file.

If the home was found to be inaccessible at the time of inspection, the applicant is required to let FEMA know when the home is accessible and request a new inspection. To update the status of an uninhabitable dwelling, applicants should call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362.

Someone 18 years of age or older must be present during the inspection. The inspector will also ask to see:  If you receive an SBA loan application, complete it.Completing the application is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistancee. You don't have to accept the loan.

  • Photo identification;
  • Proof of ownership/occupancy of damaged residence (tax bill, mortgage payment book, rental agreement or utility bill);
  • Insurance documents (homeowner’s or renter’s insurance and/or an auto insurance policy summary);
  • List of people living in the residence at the time of disaster; and
  • All disaster-related damages to both real and personal property.

Once the inspection process is complete, FEMA will review the case and send a letter to the applicant outlining a decision.

If an applicant is eligible for FEMA assistance, FEMA will send funds via check by mail or direct deposit into the survivor’s bank account. If a survivor receives money for rental assistance, the survivor must keep documentation and receipts of payments made and have a written landlord/tenant agreement for the time frame for which assistance is provided.

If an applicant is not eligible for FEMA assistance, FEMA will send a letter explaining why the applicant was determined ineligible. The applicant should read this letter carefully. Many times ineligibility is due to FEMA not having important information, such as an insurance settlement letter, proof of ownership or proof of occupancy. Applicants have 60 days to appeal a FEMA decision. The appeal process is detailed in the letter.

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).

For more information, click HERE.

 . 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 fema.gov/DRC By Computer Upload the appeal to your disaster account center DisasterAssistance.gov 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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Building Back Stronger

Mitigation specialists are available in select locations to provide tips and advice on making homes stronger and safer and can answer questions about protecting homes from future damage. 

Specialists will be available at the following locations:

 

Decatur County

Saturday November 10 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Walk for Alzheimer’s
Downtown Bainbridge
101 South Broad St.
Bainbridge, GA 39819

 

Early County

Thursday Nov. 8 through Wednesday Nov. 14

McMurria Hardware and Supply
545 S. Church St.
Blakely, GA 39823

Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

 

 

 Mitchell County

Monday, November 5, 2018 through Saturday, November 10, 2018

Marvin’s Building Materials
135 U.S. Highway 19 N.
Camilla, Ga. 31730

Hours:
Monday-Friday:  7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Homeowners can get free reference booklets, in English and Spanish, on cost-effective rebuilding and repair techniques to make homes more resistant to natural disasters. More information about strengthening property can be found at http://www.fema.gov/what-mitigation.

While there, you can also speak with FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance specialists about your individual recovery. These experts can help register homeowners and renters who sustained uninsured or underinsured losses from Hurricane Michael and may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. They will have information on possible FEMA grants for housing and possible reimbursement for personal property losses.

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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Cleaning Up After a Disaster

Your first step is to contact your insurance company to file a claim. Prioritize safety as you start your clean-up. Photograph/video damage and keep all receipts for repair work. As you clear debris, look carefully for any visible cables. If you see any cables, wait for professionals to handle them.

 refrigerator, washer/dryer, air conditioner, stove, water heater, dishwasher. (Do not leave doors unsealed or unsecured.)Hazardous waste: oil, battery, pesticide, paint, cleaning supplies, compressed gas.Vegetative debris: tree branches, leaves, logs, plants.Construction debris: building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, plumbing.Household garbage: bagged garbage, discarded food, paper, packaging.Published with permission of the Tuscaloosa News.As you clean up, be sure to keep in mind the following information:

  • Follow official local guidance when placing debris for collection.
  • Separate debris into six categories when disposing along the curb:
    • Electronics, such as televisions, computers or phones;
    • Large appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves or dishwashers. Be sure to seal or secure the doors so that they are not accessible;
    • Hazardous waste, such as oil, batteries, pesticides, paint or cleaning supplies. If you suspect that materials contain lead-based paint, keep them moist or contain materials in plastic bags so that the paint does not become airborne;
    • Vegetative debris, such as tree branches, leaves or plants;
    • Construction debris, such as drywall, lumber, carpet or furniture; and
    • Household garbage, discarded food, paper or packaging.
  • Place debris away from trees, poles or structures including fire hydrants and meters.
  • Remove any water-damaged materials from your home and place curbside for pickup.
  • Do not block the roadway with debris.

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