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Nearly $100 Million in Disaster Relief Provided to Georgians in the Six Months since Hurricane Irma

Release date: 
March 21, 2018
Release Number: 
R4-DR-4338-GA NR 049

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — In the six months since Hurricane Irma made landfall in Georgia, $91,553,288 in disaster assistance has been provided to individuals and businesses in seven counties. An additional $8,290,828 has been provided to local, county and state municipalities for debris removal, emergency protective measures and infrastructure repair throughout the state.

The September presidential disaster declaration authorized assistance for individuals and households in Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Coffee, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties.

Georgia by-the-numbers:

  • $13,425,946 in disaster assistance was provided to individuals, which includes
  • $9,932,803 for temporary housing and repairs not covered by insurance and
  • $3,493,143 for other needs such as medical bills, moving and storage expenses, and personal property. 
  • 1480 individuals were housed in 19 official emergency shelters. Many additional shelters were opened in churches, schools and municipal facilities in central Georgia counties. 
  • 16,543 residences were surveyed by FEMA inspectors for damage. 
  • 5,903 visits were made by disaster survivors to eight Disaster Recovery Centers in South Georgia and along the coast.
  • More than $24,000 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance was provided to eligible survivors.
  • $60,502,242 was paid by the National Flood Insurance Program on 2,056 claims.
  • $17,625,100 was approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for 505 individual and business disaster loans.

Public Assistance Update:

  • All 159 Georgia counties were authorized Public Assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures such as search and rescue, emergency evacuation and mass care.
  • 137 of those counties were also approved for permanent work to restore facilities through repair or restoration of roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities, parks and recreation areas and other facilities.
  • $8,290,828 has been obligated by FEMA for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation.
    • For Public Assistance, this includes a total of 457 eligible applicants with 208 projects awarded to-date.
    • Funding for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will allow many disaster-damaged structures to be more resilient than they were before Irma, due to mitigation measures incorporated in their restoration. Grants are awarded for eligible projects meeting program criteria.

For more information about the disaster recovery operation, visit or the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency at


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.

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Last Updated: 
March 21, 2018 - 09:35