FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Chatham & Glynn Counties


ATLANTA – Disaster recovery centers will open Tuesday in Chatham and Glynn counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by Hurricane Matthew in Georgia.

Chatham County

Location: Savannah Technical College

5717 White Bluff Rd.

Savannah, Ga. 31405

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sundays, CLOSED

Glynn County

Location: Howard Coffin Park

1402 Sonny Miller Way

Brunswick, Ga. 31520

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sundays, CLOSED

Representatives from FEMA, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies are available at the disaster recovery centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for federal assistance. Survivors can also learn about the appeals process and get updates about applications.Damage from Hurricane Matthew in Georgia must have occurred Oct. 4-15.

The seven counties currently approved to apply for individual assistance are Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, McIntosh and Wayne. Survivors may visit any open disaster recovery center but they do not need to visit one to register.

Disaster survivors may register the following ways:

• Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

• Download the FEMA mobile app.

• Call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service. Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY should call 800-462-7585. Toll-free lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

• Survivors requiring a reasonable accommodation (American Sign Language interpreting, braille, assistive technology, etc.) while visiting a recovery center may call the appropriate helpline number for support. Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

Disaster recovery centers meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones; phones that display text; amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and help displaced survivors find a safe, sanitary place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. FEMA works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on Georgia’s Hurricane Matthew response and recovery, follow @GeorgiaEMA and @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and visit gemhsa.ga.gov and fema.gov/disaster/4284.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

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