From: Office of Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the weekend, the federal government announced additional Georgia counties would receive individual assistance as a part of a larger federal aid package. In order to become eligible for the individual assistance, counties must be assessed in-person by officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). For that reason, initially only Spalding County was designated to receive individual assistance.
However, over the weekend, individual assistance was also granted to Coweta, Lamar, Meriwether, and Troup Counties. All five counties in the Third District are also eligible for public assistance (Categories A and B).
Individual assistance can include temporary housing assistance and other aid to individuals in the affected counties. Public assistance includes aid to counties, such as debris removal. To learn more about the two types of federal aid visit http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/pa/index.shtm and http://www.fema.gov/assistance/process/individual_assistance.shtm. Also, you may download FEMA's Disaster Guide at http://www.fema.gov/assistance/process/guide.shtm.
"Georgia's Third Congressional District was one of the hardest hit areas, and recovery will not happen overnight," stated Westmoreland. "However, I am encouraged by the latest announcement by FEMA to include five counties in the Third District in both their individual and public assistance programs. I will continue to work with state, local, and federal officials to ensure that those affected by this storm receive as much assistance that is available as they begin to rebuild their communities."
Within each of these five counties a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be set up where applicants may go for information or to register for disaster assistance. Individuals can also sign up for assistance by visiting www.fema.gov/assistance or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).