New Figures Released In May Storm Assistance

WNRR Augusta – (GEMA Release)

RECOVERY EFFORTS FOCUS ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUESTS

ATLANTA – Response and recovery efforts from the May 11-12 storms and
tornadoes have centered on delivering help to Georgians through the
Individual Assistance (IA) Program. Attention is now transitioning to
another arm of federal and state disaster assistance – the Public
Assistance program –   as state and local government applicants this week
submitted 53 eligible Requests for Public
Assistance (RPAs).

“Many of the RPAs, general requests for assistance, are for debris
removal
,” said Joe McKinney, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA)
deputy state coordinating officer. “About
700,000 cubic yards of debris were left by the storms; and 25 percent
has been cleared. Other RPAs are for help with repairs to utilities,
higher education buildings, hospitals and other public buildings.”

Eligible RPAs trigger specific assistance requests or Project
Worksheets (PW).

“Project Worksheets deal with the nuts and bolts of the requests for
Public Assistance,” said Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal
Coordinating Officer, Jeff Bryant. “Submitted RPAs are expected to
generate about 210 project worksheets requiring a rough estimate of $10
million in
disaster assistance.”

GEMA and FEMA continue to work with communities through the Hazard
Mitigation Grant Program and with individuals and families. The deadline to
apply for IA is July 22; funds will continue to be disbursed to meet
eligible needs. State and federal officials report the following:
• Exactly 5,111 individuals (homeowners, renters and business owners)
already have applied      for assistance.
• More than $1.3 million in grants has been approved in housing
assistance for applicants to be used for temporary disaster housing or to
help make disaster-damaged homes safe, sanitary     and functional.
• A total of $373,584 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA) already is
approved for 418 applicants to replace personal property and to help meet
medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious
disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and
charitable     aid programs.
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• Some 315 homeowners, renters and businesses have returned their
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) applications for low-interest
loans. So far, the SBA has approved         $1.3 million for 59 loans.
• July 22 is the deadline for applicants who received SBA
low-interest loan applications to complete and return the applications. If the SBA
application is not returned, the applicant may not receive other forms
of federal assistance.
A county-by-county breakdown follows:
County Applications Individuals & Household Program Housing Assistance
Other Needs Assistance
Bibb 3,665 $929,725 $717,225 $212,500
Carroll 300 $202,379 $162,359 $40,020
Douglas 100 $24,406 $21,444 $2,962
Emanuel 74 $20,123 $19,553 $570
Jefferson 83 $29,805 $15,541 $14,264
Jenkins 66 $192,896 $152,466 $40,430
Johnson 388 $184,176 $153,424 $30,751
Laurens 99 $59,336 $44,511 $14,825
McIntosh 75 $37,053 $22,820 $14,233
Twiggs 154 $39,065 $36,035 $3,030

To apply by the July 22 deadline for assistance residents should call
the FEMA Helpline at
1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for speech- or
hearing-impaired applicants. Both lines are currently available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. Residents also may apply on line at www.fema.gov.

FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for,
preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from
all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of
terror.

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.

SBA’s disaster loans are the primary form of federal assistance for
non-farm, private sector disaster losses.  Disaster loans from SBA helps
homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and nonprofit
organizations fund repair and replacement of disaster damaged real and personal
property.  These disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses
and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.  For
information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800-659-2955 or
online at www.sba.gov.

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