Michael Congressional Affairs Advisory

Department of Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Congressional Affairs Division

Telephone: 202-646-4500



Congressional Affairs Advisory

FEMA and Federal Partners Supporting State of Georgia Recovery Efforts

October 17, 2018


Topline Messages

  • Start navigating your recovery process as soon as possible.
     Return home only if you are told it is safe by local authorities.
     Contact your insurance company
    to file a claim.
    Photograph/video damages, and then begin cleaning up.
  • If you have damage not covered by insurance, register for federal assistance online at
    DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).
  • Recovery teams are providing direct support to survivors in Georgia communities affected by Hurricane Michael.
    Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are in the field providing one-on-one support to individuals, and Recovery Centers will be opened soon to provide
    direct support to residents.  
  • On October 16, seven Georgia counties were added to the individual assistance declaration.
    Homeowners, renters and business owners in Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties may now apply for federal disaster assistance
    for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Michael.


FEMA Assistance Available in Georgia

On October 14, President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for individual assistance in six Georgia counties—including Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller and Seminole counties.
 The declaration also included Public Assistance for 31 Georgia counties.

An additional seven Georgia counties were added to the individual assistance declaration on October 16—Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas and Worth, bringing the total IA declared counties to 13.

To-date, more than 9,000 Georgia residents have contacted FEMA requesting assistance.

We urge those affected by Hurricane Michael in the declared counties to register with FEMA.
 They can begin applying for assistance by registering online at

If residents do not have access to the internet, they may register by calling 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).

With our partners at the state, we continue to conduct damage assessments.
 Additional Georgia counties may be added to the disaster declaration if warranted by those assessments.


Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams

Recovery teams are out in affected areas of Georgia to help survivors register for assistance, identify and address immediate and emerging needs, and make referrals to other local, state and voluntary agencies for additional support.

Using mobile technology during this process, specialists will ask for some personal information including: social security number, annual income and bank information, as well as names of occupants of the impacted property.

Like all FEMA field personnel, team members can be identified easily by their photo identification and the FEMA logo on their shirts/vests.
 Residents are encouraged to ask for official identification before providing personal information.


U.S. Small Business Administration

After registering for disaster assistance, you may be referred to the SBA.  In times of disasters, the SBA offers low-interest loans for businesses, homeowners and renters.
 There’s no obligation to accept a loan, but you may miss out on the largest source of federal disaster recovery funds if you don’t submit an application.

Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at
 You may also call 800-659-2955 or email
.  If you use TTY, call 800-877-8339.


Survivor Resources


  • For help locating open food/water distribution sites in communities affected by Hurricane Michael in Georgia, visit
  • The Salvation Army has mobilized 21 mobile feeding units (canteens) in Georgia with the capacity to serve 30,000 meals per day.
  • In Georgia, Southern Baptists Disaster Relief opened a kitchen with a capacity of providing 15,000 meals per day.
  • At the state’s requests, FEMA has transferred more than 1.8 million meals and 50,000 tarps to Georgia to supplement
    state and local commodities.



  • There are currently three shelters open in Georgia, with a population of 222.
     For more information about open shelters, visit the American Red Cross website at



  • The storm caused extensive damage to Georgia crops and farming infrastructure.
     We support our partners at the USDA Farm Service Agencies (FSA), who serve as the main resource for the farming and agribusiness communities.
  • Georgia farmers and ranchers who suffered damage to working lands and livestock mortality because of Hurricane Michael are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program
    (EQIP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
  • For more information from NRCS, contact your local USDA Service Center or visit the Georgia NRCS website at
  • For more information on disaster assistance programs for farmers and ranchers available from USDA visit



  • As of this morning, approximately 46,000 customers remain without power, and this number continues to steadily decrease.
  • Verizon
    has two, free charging stations in Albany,
    Ga. Verizon’s Big Red Command Trailer has multiple workstations and satellite connectivity and is supporting the Bay County Emergency Operations Center.
  • Voluntary technology professionals at
    Information Technology
    Disaster Resource Center
    are providing free communications support for Albany, Ga.



  • Use the code MICHAELSHELTER to receive free
    UberX and
    UberXL trips to and from any official Red Cross Shelter in Georgia until 10/31. Residents can travel for up to $25 per trip or up to 5 trips per user.


Counseling Support

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Disaster Distress Helpline is available to assist survivors in coping
    with the stress.  To connect with a trained crisis counselor, call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (for Spanish, press 2 or text Hablanos to 66746).

Volunteer & Donate

  • It’s critical that the right resources get where they’re needed most.
     A financial contribution to one of the many voluntary and faith-based organizations operating in the impacted area will speed recovery and help survivors.
  • Find a list of responding organizations that would greatly appreciate your donation at https://gavoad.communityos.org.


Public Assistance (DR-4400)

  • Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments as well as certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work damaged by Hurricane Michael.
  • Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Calhoun, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Emanuel, Grady, Houston, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lee, Macon, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski,
    Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Treutlen, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth counties may now apply through the state for reimbursement for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public

Additional Resources


For general information on Hurricane Michael, please visit


For Georgia specific disaster information, please visit


If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Congressional Affairs Division at (202) 646-4500 or at




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