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Disaster Legal Services Available to Irma Survivors

Release date: 
October 24, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4338-GA NR 029

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Survivors of a presidentially declared major disaster like Hurricane Irma can receive free legal help if they are unable to pay. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, through an agreement with the Georgia Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, Georgia Legal Services Program and Atlanta Legal Aid, provides free legal help.

Feelings of loss after a disaster can be compounded by frustration dealing with insurance claims, home repair contracts, or drawing up legal documents to replace ones lost. Disaster legal assistance provided by local lawyers typically covers:

  • Help with insurance claims for doctor and hospital bills
  • Assistance with insurance claims for loss of life or property;
  • Drawing up new wills and other legal papers lost in the disaster;
  • Help with home repair contracts and contractors;
  • Advice on problems with landlords; and
  • Preparing powers of attorney.

Request assistance by calling 866-584-8027 or 404-526-8793, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If prompted to leave a voicemail, leave your name, a good daytime contact number, and brief details of the disaster-related legal assistance needed. A legal representative will return your call as soon as possible.

Legal help in any area of law is only available if the legal issue is directly related to a declared major disaster. Disaster legal advice is limited to cases that will not require a fee. This service will continue to be available until further notice.

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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 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. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

 

Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:58