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$8.6 million in disaster assistance approved for Georgia hurricane victims

Photo by Jerry McGovern
Photo by Jerry McGovern

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Nearly $8.6 million in federal disaster assistance is helping fuel the recovery of residents and businesses that suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew along the Georgia coast.

As of Wednesday, nearly $4.1 million was approved in FEMA housing assistance grants to repair disaster-damaged homes and pay for temporary housing. More than $963,000 was approved to cover essential disaster-related needs including medical, dental and moving expenses and uninsured losses for furniture, appliances and other essential personal property.

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved almost $3.6 million in low-interest disaster loans to 158 homeowners, renters and businesses.

Since the president’s Oct. 8 major disaster declaration, 1,621 individuals and households in 10 counties were approved for disaster assistance. Glynn County is among 10 eligible for assistance.

The deadline to register for federal disaster assistance is Dec. 16.

Applying for disaster assistance is a two-step process that ensures consideration for all FEMA programs and the U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans. First, register with FEMA, then complete and return the SBA loan application, if one is offered. There is no charge to apply for the loan and if approved, no obligation to accept it.

Disaster survivors may register the following ways can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Help is available in most languages and information on the registration process is available in ASL at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546. For updates on Georgia’s Hurricane Matthew response and recovery, follow @GeorgiaEMA and @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and visit gemhsa.ga.gov and fema.gov/disaster/4284.