FEMA EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY FOR INDIVIDUAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO INCLUDE CALHOUN, CLAY, LAURENS, RANDOLPH, SUMTER, TIFT, AND TURNER COUNTIES

ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) welcomed theamendment to the major disaster declaration for Georgia that expands coverage for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance program to also include Calhoun, Clay, Laurens, Randolph, Sumter, Tift, and Turner counties. This is the second amendment to FEMA’s major disaster declaration for the State of Georgia. Calhoun, Clay, Sumter, and Randolph counties are located in the 2nd Congressional District of Georgia, which is represented by Congressman Bishop.

“I thank FEMA for recognizing the significant recovery needs facing Middle and Southwest Georgia following Hurricane Michael,” said Congressman Bishop. “As the recovery process moves forward, the full scope of damage to the region is becoming more and more apparent. This amendment to the major disaster declaration will ensure additional communities receive the help they need to rebuild.”

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, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, 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.