President Trump this week declared several Southwest Georgia counties as federal disaster areas in the wake of Hurricane Michael moving through Georgia last week. The declaration makes federal funding available to individuals in Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Miller and Seminole counties. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security is coordinating recovery efforts in Georgia, and cities can visit the GEMA/HS website
for updates and ways to help those affected by the storm.
Federal assistance for individuals 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.
Federal funding also is available to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the counties of Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Calhoun, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Emanuel, Grady, Houston, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lee, Macon, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Treutlen, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth.