More than 3,600 already applied for FEMA aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday that more than 3,600 Georgians have already applied for assistance in the wake of this week’s devastating floods.

And more applications are expected to continue to pour in as additional counties are added to the list of those eligible.

As of late Friday, eight counties had been added to the federal disaster list, making residents and business owners there eligible for federal aid. Five were named on Thursday and additional three Friday. Those eligible are: Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Paulding, Stephens and Walker.

If you are in one of those counties and have been impacted by the flood, or own property or a business there, FEMA officials encourage you to apply for assistance as soon as possible.

To apply, go to FEMA’s disaster Web site or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing impaired.

Individual assistance can include grants to pay for temproary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses, as well as temporary unemployment benefits for those who have lost their jobs due to the flood.

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catlady

September 25th, 2009
6:49 pm

Amazing that these generally heavily Republican counties would have those same “take care of yourself, personal responsibility, low taxes” people applying in droves for these “handouts.”

catlady

September 25th, 2009
7:03 pm

Maybe the folks of NOLA should have their own teabagging party to tell those in Walker and Cobb and the other places so highly ascribing to the Republican party “ethics”: Get your hands out of OUR pockets.

Funny they have decried folks for building near the coast, yet these same folks built near rivers, streams, and creeks. Where’s that personal responsibility? And notice how fast these “keep your hands out my pockets” folks have applied for aid–a lot faster than NOLA residents!

alexb

September 27th, 2009
2:48 pm

I’ve never read such foolish nonsense. The difference between Cobb County and New Orleans residents is that most of the Cobb County residents pay a lot more taxes which fund programs like FEMA. In any event, misfortune can strike anyone and those who pay the most for the welfare fund should have the right to make claims as well as those who don’t pay taxes.

catlady

September 28th, 2009
7:11 am

Check out what Jesus said, alexb: of he who has more is more expected.

I think it is funny that it is okay for this group to belly up to the bar (Republicans who build near streams and rivers) but not that group (poor blacks who lived near the ocean/Mississippi river).

The point isn’t that the Cobbers don’t have a right to make claims. But it seems a teeny bit funny that they expect government to bail them out (so quickly!) after just having had a “teaparty” in Washington where they decried those reaching into “their pockets” instead of “saving themselves.”

Sorry you don’t appear intelligent enough to see the irony of that.

Wow

September 28th, 2009
12:48 pm

and Georgia is one of those southern states that receive more in federal aid than residents pay in federal taxes. So you aren’t funding programs like FEMA, just receiving the benefits of such a program. This should quell all the yelling and screaming from so-called conservatives in Georgia who become Socialists last week.