ATLANTA — A state/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is a fully accessible, short-term office set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offer disaster survivors in-person resources in their community. Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation for a disability can contact the DRC manager upon arrival.
You can register with FEMA at any DRC. To find the location of all open DRCs, use the FEMA mobile app or visit www.FEMA.gov/DRC. There are currently 16 DRCs open in disaster-designated Georgia counties.
FEMA knows that each person’s needs are unique. The assistance a person is eligible for depends on the type of damage suffered to a home and whether insurance paid for part or all needed repairs. There are many types of personal property losses which a person may be eligible to claim. Renters also may be eligible for grants, such as rental assistance or assistance with other needs.
The staff in a DRC consists of a team of experts from many agencies who work with individuals on their own recovery program. State of Georgia representatives can answer questions about state and local programs and direct survivors to federal programs.
Among federal agency partners at the DRC are FEMA individual assistance specialists and mitigation advisors. Specialists from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are there to talk with business owners, homeowners and renters needing information about low-interest disaster loan applications.
Georgia social services agency representatives are often available in person or by referral, as well as representatives from voluntary agencies, like the American Red Cross.
Registering before going to a DRC will speed up your visit. Once registered, you can ask questions about your recovery situation.
Homeowners or renters who suffered unreimbursed losses in disaster-declared counties affected by Hurricane Michael can register for disaster assistance online at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST. Multilingual operators are available
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters