FEMA opens Disaster Recovery Center in Spalding County

The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened a Disaster Recovery Center Wednesday in tornado-ravaged Griffin to help guide storm victims.
Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 8:41 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 12:04 PM EST
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GRIFFIN, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened a Disaster Recovery Center Wednesday in tornado-ravaged Griffin to help guide storm victims through the process of applying for federal disaster assistance.

At the center, located inside the Spalding County Senior Center, families can get one-on-one assistance from FEMA representatives who help them apply for federal grants that won’t have to be paid back.

The following are the kind of expenses FEMA possibly can cover, depending on your situation:

  • Rental assistance if you had to relocate because of storm-related damage
  • Personal property that was damaged or destroyed
  • Lodging if you had to stay in a hotel
  • Basic home repairs for homeowners whose primary residence was damaged

It’s important to note that FEMA is not allowed to duplicate insurance payments or assistance provided by other sources.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also has representatives inside the center helping business owners, homeowners, and renters apply for long-term, low-interest loans.

The Disaster Recovery Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week for as long as it’s needed.

People directly affected by the severe storms may visit the recovery center or apply with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. To apply online for an SBA disaster relief loan, visit https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/ and apply under SBA declaration # 17761.

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