Federal Assistance for South Georgia Counties
Governor Nathan Deal received notice from the White House and FEMA that the state’s first request for federal aid following the January 2 storms has been approved.
Six counties listed in the state’s second request for aid following the storms on January 21 and 22 have been approved for individual assistance. The Governor has requested individual assistance for the two remaining counties and public assistance for all 16 counties under the state of emergency. FEMA and GEMA/HS are conducting damage assessments to determine eligibility for these counties.
Local Resources and Assistance
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is providing various services for disaster survivors such as shelters, meals, snacks, relief items and health contacts. For available services visit www.redcross.org/local/georgia or call 229-436-4845.
FEMA Disaster Assistance
Residents in counties that are under a federal declaration for individual assistance must register with FEMA to get assistance. To register, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 or
U.S. Small Business Administration Loans
Businesses and individuals can apply for low interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ or call
For assistance with insurance claims or insurance related questions, call the Georgia Department of Insurance at 800-656-2298.
Volunteer organizations will help uninsured, under-insured, elderly or disabled residents with debris removal, basic mud-out and minor repairs. For assistance call 800-451-1954.
Volunteer and Donation Information
To volunteer with the American Red Cross call 404-575-3139, and to donate to the ARC call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).
The Dougherty County Volunteer Center is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. To volunteer in Dougherty County, call 229-733-2492 or
229-733-2534, or email firstname.lastname@example.org outside of operating hours.
Missing Person or Reunification
Dougherty County residents can report a missing person or get reunification information by calling 229-733-2492 or 229-733-2534.
Report Fraud or Price Gouging
Contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at 404-651-8600 within the metro Atlanta area or at 1-800-869-1123 toll-free outside of the metro Atlanta calling area. In addition, you can find more resources at the Consumer Protection Unit’s website at www.consumer.ga.gov.
Medicaid Prescription Refills
The Georgia Department of Community Health has extended prescription refills to Medicaid recipients in storm affected areas. Patients can call the number on the back of their Medicaid card or click here for a contact list for pharmacy services.
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