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 that may be available in their area. This information can be found at the following link and clicking on your county: http://www.gema.ga.gov/Pages/Georgia-Map.aspx
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.
To learn more about the Federal Disaster Aid Process, click here to view the guide.
Food and Water
Click here for updated food and water locations. This document is constantly changing, so continue to check back for more updates.
The American Red Cross has shelters located in the affected areas. View their shelter map for information on locations.
Small Business Association
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 for low-interest loans at the following link:
- 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.
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.
How to Help
In the aftermath of the storm, neighbors helping neighbors is a crucial step in the recovery process.
- 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.
There are several organizations providing financial assistance to pet owners. Click here for more information.