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March 21, 2007
FEMA press release

CORDELE, Ga. - An additional $1 million in disaster-recovery grants and loans has been approved since March 15, officials of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today.

Total aid to families, individuals and business owners who suffered damage from the severe storms and tornadoes of March 1-2 now stands at $3.3 million.

The following is a breakdown of federal aid for the counties affected by the storms and tornadoes (figures are as of close of business Tuesday, March 20, 2007):

  • 1,642 households have registered for Individual Assistance

  • $732,103 has been approved through the Individuals and Household Program. Of that, FEMA has provided $435,369 in Housing Assistance and $296,734 in Other Needs Assistance (ONA)
  • $2,594,400 in loans has been approved by the SBA for homeowners, renters, individuals and business owners affected by the severe storms and tornadoes. Of this, $2,382,700 has been approved for home loans and $211,700 has been approved for businesses
  • 797 home inspections have been requested. To date, 784 have been scheduled and 747 have been completed. There are currently four inspectors in the field
  • 2,138 people have visited the six Disaster Recovery Centers established to meet the recovery-information needs of individuals in the counties affected by the March 1-2 severe storms and tornadoes. One center remains open until 2 p.m. Saturday in Americus at 1607 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage from the March 1-2 storms and tornadoes can register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with impaired- speech or hearing can call TTY 800-462-7585. Applicants also can register online at
www.fema.gov.

FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, economic status or retaliation. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, you should call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or contact your State Office of Equal rights. If suspicious of any abuse of FEMA programs, please contact the fraud hotline at 1-800-323-8603.

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.