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Georgia Hurricane Michael 2018

HURRICANE MICHAEL HELP FOR PEOPLE IN GEORGIA

Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-866-584-8027 (toll free) or (404) 527‐8793 (local)

Hurricane winds and floods affected areas in Georgia beginning on October 9, 2018 and continuing. On October 15, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Georgia to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance: 

  • Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, and Worth (additional counties may be added) 

For DR-4400, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4400

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Registration with FEMA for Disaster Assistance December 13, 2018
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter


Key resources for those impacted by this disaster

GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF BENEFITS

Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. Deadline to apply with FEMA is December 14, 2018.
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates- Georgia Hurricane Michael
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Individuals who are unemployed or partially unemployed as a direct result of a federally declared disaster may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).  DUA benefits are funded by the federal government to assist individuals after a disaster.  Individuals in the authorized counties who were directly affected by the disaster must first apply for regular unemployment insurance (UI) on the  Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) website or in person at any GDOL career center.  The GDOL will notify claimants if they are also eligible to file for DUA. Click here for more information. 

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES

  • CALL - A TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for Michael survivors who cannot pay for an attorney: 1‐866‐584‐8027 (toll free) or (404) 527‐8793 (local) between 9:00AM and 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. Click here for the full press release. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Georgia lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal assistance.
  • For legal assistance and other disaster recovery information, please visit:
  • State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division
  • Georgia Legal Services Program -  GLSP is a non‐profit law firm serving rural and small town Georgia.
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society – Atlanta Legal Aid Society helps low‐income people meet basic needs through free civil legal services. 
  • United Policyholders UP specializes in helping disaster survivors with insurance claim issues.
  • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page for other disaster recovery resources. 
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
  • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
  • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

ARE YOU AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP? 

  • Contact the following groups to inquire about volunteer opportunities:

    State Bar of Georgia (404-527-8700), Legal Aid Atlanta (404-524-5811), or Georgia Legal Services (1-800-498-9469).

  • Familiarize yourself with the resources and trainings available at https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/trainings/
  • Sign up to be a member of the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center (membership is free). This special practice area includes password-protected advocacy resources, information on free disaster legal aid trainings and events, and a series of roundtable discussions. 
  • Check https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/volunteer/ for volunteer opportunities updates.