GEMA/HS continues relief and recovery operation in Georgia for the survivors of Hurricane Michael. Damage assessments are still being conducted, which provides the ability for additional qualified counties to be added to the declaration. For more information, click here.
Residents should contact their county emergency management agencies for additional resources in their area.
Food, Water and Shelters
- Residents in Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller, Seminole, Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties can now apply for individual assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
- The deadline to apply is December 13.
- To learn more about the Federal Disaster Aid Process, click here to view the guide.
Small Business Administration
- Disaster assistance is available for businesses, homeowners and renters from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Click here to find out more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply.
Disaster Recovery Centers
Disaster Recovery Centers are open in Dougherty, Early, Miller and Seminole counties to answer questions and help residents through the assistance process.
Hours of operation for all centers
Mon. – Sat.: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sun.: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dougherty County Schools Technology Office
300 Cason St.
Albany, GA 31705
Early County Alternative School
544 Howell St.
Blakely, GA 39823
First Baptist Church
351 E. Pine St.
Colquitt, GA 39837
Spring Creek Baptist Church
2635 Hwy. 253
Donalsonville, GA 39845
Disaster Recovery Centers in Baker, Decatur and Terrell counties will open Monday, Oct. 22 at the following locations:
Baker County Senior Center
439 Hwy. 91
Newton, GA 39870
Decatur County Coliseum
600 S. Wheat Avenue
Bainbridge, GA 39819
Old National Guard Armory/Courthouse
499 Roundtree Drive SW
Dawson, GA 39842
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- Residents in the 13 federally declared counties eligible for individual assistance and who are unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of the storm, may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
- For more information and to see a list of documents needed to obtain DUA, please visit the Georgia Department of Labor website.
- Georgia residents who receive food stamps now have additional time to report food lost due to power outages during Hurricane Michael. Recipients of SNAP benefits, whose food was lost in Hurricane Michael, must submit the Food Loss Replacement Form (Form 841) in person or by mail to the local DFCS office no later than Oct. 31.
- For more information, visit the Division of Family and Children Services ' website.
- Here's a tool for farmers to determine what assistance is available.
- A full list of agriculture assistance resources is available.
- For a list of official boil water advisories, visit the Environmental Protection Division's website.
- GFC has resumed issuing burn permits in all but six Georgia counties under state of emergency. Permits still temporarily suspended in Baker, Decatur, Early, Miller, Mitchell and Seminole.
- Photograph/video damages before you start cleaning up. Contact your insurance company for assistance. File an insurance claim.
- Citizens affected by Hurricane Michael in need of cleanup on private property, call Crisis Cleanup at 1-800-451-1954 for debris removal. Visit www.crisiscleanup.org for more information.
- Georgia citizens can self-report damages of their homes, businesses and public facilities here. This information can be used by GEMA/HS to visualize and summarize damage assessments, but citizens will still need to apply for assistance through www.disasterassistance.gov/.
- Verizon Wireless has two charging stations available in Albany. They are located at 1100 N. Westover Blvd. and 100 W. Oglethorpe Blvd.
- There is also a power charging station in Donalsonville located at 301 Wiley Avenue.
- Several cell carriers are offering free call, text and data usage for hurricane survivors. Please check with your carrier for more information.
- Several organizations are providing financial assistance to pet owners. Click here for more information.
How to Help
In the aftermath of the storm, neighbors helping neighbors is a crucial step in the recovery process.
- Companies, organizations and volunteer groups looking to help communities impacted by Hurricane Michael can now do so through a donation warehouse. More details here: https://bit.ly/2yNTZ0Q.
- Cash donations to trusted organizations like those working through Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is the most effective way to provide assistance to those in need. Find a list of responding organizations that would greatly appreciate your donation at https://gavoad.communityos.org.
- Do not send or deliver donations unless they were explicitly requested by responding organizations. Offer donated goods at https://www.nvoad.org/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you would like to volunteer, do not self-deploy. Visit https://www.nvoad.org/ or contact an organization directly to offer your service.
- If you work for a statewide nonprofit organization that has a focus on disaster relief, we invite you to become a part of Georgia VOAD. Email email@example.com with a description of your services to get involved.
Scams, Fraud, and Price Gouging
Price gouging is prohibited under a state of emergency. Click here for more info or to report suspected price gouging.
Beware of any visitors, mail, telephone calls, text messages or e-mails claiming to be from FEMA or a State of Georgia agency asking for your Social Security number, bank account number or other sensitive information.
- Ask anyone claiming to be from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration or the state to see their identification badge.
- Don't pay any fee, charge, cash deposit or advance payment for disaster assistance or grants, inspections or even for help in filling out applications –no payment is required for this service.
The best way to avoid contractor fraud is to arm yourself with a checklist when hiring and working with one.
- Use only state-licensed local contractors backed by reliable references.
- Demand that contractors carry general liability insurance and workers’ compensation.
- Get a minimum of three estimates in writing, and insist on a clear, written contract.
- DON’T pay cash; use a credit card or check instead.
- DON’T pay more than half the costs of repairs upfront; 30 percent of the total cost of the project is a reasonable amount for a down payment, to be paid upon initial delivery of materials.
- Make payments ahead of time, pay only as work is completed. Make the final payment only when all work performed fulfills contract requirements.