More than $5.49 million in disaster assistance has been approved for south Georgia residents who suffered damage from the March 26-April 13 severe storms and flooding, announced officials with the Georgia Emergency Management Agencyand the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Recovery information as of close of business June 15 is as follows:
$3,996,912 has been approved to help disaster-affected Georgia residents with temporary housing, home repairs and other needs through FEMA and state disaster grants programs.
$1,498,900 in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans has been approved for homeowners, renters and businesses. Fifty loans have been approved so far. SBA loans are the largest source of disaster funds to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property or for making substantial repairs or rebuilding damaged structures to their pre-disaster condition. The low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes. The deadline to apply for an SBA disaster loan is June 22, 2009.
83,675 pieces of recovery literature were distributed by FEMA community relations specialists to more than 3,829 individuals and at hundreds of additional locations including schools, local governments, civic organizations, police and fire departments, faith-based groups and businesses.
897 people visited state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers and SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to talk face to face with recovery specialists. Seven outreach centers were opened to provide personalized assistance.
1,402 (99.5 percent) of damage inspections have been completed.
1,742 people in the 23 designated counties registered with FEMA for Individual Assistance.
NUMBER OF REGISTRATIONS
Montgomery, Tattnall and Wheeler (combined total)