FEMA EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY FOR INDIVIDUAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO INCLUDE CRISP, GRADY, LEE, MITCHELL, TERRELL, AND WORTH COUNTIES

ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) welcomed last night’s amendment to the major disaster declaration for Georgia that expands coverage for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance program to also include Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas, and Worth counties.

“I thank FEMA for recognizing the tremendous recovery needs of communities in Southwest Georgia, which were truly devastated by Hurricane Michael,” said Congressman Bishop. “We are still in the early stages of the recovery process, but this assistance will go a long way toward helping communities rebuild and helping families return to a sense of normalcy.”

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program provides federal resources for impacted individuals and households, including financial assistance for temporary housing, home-repair, and damage to essential household items. This assistance also covers disaster-related childcare, medical, and essential vehicle expenses.

After today’s amendment, the full list of counties covered by FEMA’s Individual Assistance program includes Baker, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas, Seminole, and Worth counties.

Additional designations may be forthcoming. Further information on eligibility for FEMA assistance, local resources, and the application process can be found at http://www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers are currently operational from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Eastern Time) seven days a week.