Chattooga County is now eligible for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Residents and business owners in Chattooga County recovering from the effects of the recent severe storms and flooding can now apply for aid.
Be sure to have a secure mailing address, especially if you had to move out of your home. Chattooga County was added based on damage data gathered by federal, state and local officials.
Disaster assistance can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also will be available to cover residential and business losses not covered by insurance.
There are two easy ways to begin the application process. Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 The toll-free numbers are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until further notice. Help in all languages is available.
Callers are advised to have the following information available to help speed up the application process:
Your current phone number
Your Social Security number
A general list of damages and losses you suffered
If insured, your insurance policy number, or the agent’s and company name
General financial information
Bank account code if you wish to speed up your assistance with direct deposit.