GEORGIA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

GEORGIA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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You are more than welcome to send in information on your on your emergency preparedness events…..
to georgia@homelesstoindependence.org

Thank you!

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Two Additional Georgia Counties Designated for Individual Assistance
Release date: 
September 18, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4338-GA NR 002
ATLANTA – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Liberty and McIntosh counties may now register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. Camden, Chatham and Glynn counties
were previously designated for Individual Assistance, bringing the total to five counties.
To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Irma, beginning Sept. 4.
Register with FEMA as soon as possible. If you preregistered with FEMA, you do not have to apply again. If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register:
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or
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.
Don’t be discouraged if you do not have access to telephone or internet service. Disaster survivor assistance specialists will soon be in local communities helping people register for assistance.
Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.
Long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
Contact your insurance company to file an insurance claim. FEMA does not duplicate insurance payments. However, you may still receive help after your insurance claims have been settled.
Sept. 15: Georgia received a federal major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance for Camden, Chatham and Glynn counties. All 159 Georgia counties were designated for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct federal assistance.
Sept. 18: Liberty and McIntosh counties were designated for Individual Assistance.
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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.
 
Last Updated: 
September 18, 2017 – 19:01
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Georgia Residents Affected by Hurricane Irma May Register for FEMA Assistance
Release date: 
September 16, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4338-GA NR 001
ATLANTA – Survivors with losses due to Hurricane Irma in Camden, Chatham and Glynn counties may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to state and federal officials.
Individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.
Applicants will need the following to apply:
Social Security Number;
Daytime telephone number;
Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
Private insurance information, if available.
By registering for federal assistance on www.DisasterAssistance.gov
You can look up your address to find out if it is in a disaster area declared for Individual Assistance.
Check the status of your application and get updates by SMS or email.
Upload documents to support your application.
Another option for individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, is to call 800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET seven days a week until further notice.
When an applicant registers, each receives a unique registration number. The registration number is important and should be written down and kept handy. Anyone who does not have a registration number is not yet registered.
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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.
For updates on Georgia’s Hurricane Irma response and recovery, follow @GeorgiaEMA and @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and visit gema.ga.gov and fema.gov/disaster/4338.
Last Updated: 

September 16, 2017 – 15:56
State/Tribal Government or Region: 
Georgia
Region IV
Related Disaster(s): 
4338
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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Georgia
Release date: 
September 15, 2017
Release Number: 
HQ-17-120
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Georgia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma from September 7, 2017, and continuing.
The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Camden, Chatham and Glynn counties. 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.
Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, in all 159 counties. 
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Thomas J. McCool has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. McCool said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.
Individuals and business owners who sustain losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.
The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.
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.
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Related Content: 
Federal Aid Programs for the State of Georgia

Last Updated: 
September 15, 2017 – 23:08
State/Tribal Government or Region: 
Georgia
Headquarters
Related Disaster(s): 
4338
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09-16-17

Hurricane Victims Get Tax Relief from the IRS The IRS has just announced that victims of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey can get loans and hardship distributions from their 401(k) and other similar employer-sponsored retirement programs. The IRS is also relaxing procedural and administrative rules that normally apply to retirement plan loans and hardship distributions. Hardship withdrawals must be made by January 31, 2018.

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations?utm_c

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Georgia EM&HS‏Verified account @GeorgiaEMA 2h2 hours ago

Continue to monitor our website, the Ready Georgia app and your local media outlets for the most updated information. pic.twitter.com/9QvMBsHFqv

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09-08-17

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Georgia
Release date:
September 8, 2017
Release Number:
HQ-17-096-FactSheet

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump’s disaster declaration issued for the state of Georgia.

Assistance for the State and affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding.

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump’s disaster declaration issued for the state of Georgia.

Assistance for the State and affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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.

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Related Content:
President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Georgia

Last Updated:
September 8, 2017 – 16:11
State/Tribal Government or Region:
Georgia
Headquarters
Related Disaster(s):
3387

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09-07-17 GEORGIA IRMA

Georgia EM&HS‏Verified account @GeorgiaEMA 34m34 minutes ago

Per @GovernorDeal: all areas E of I-95, all of Chatham Co. & some areas W of I-95 are under a MANDATORY evacuation. See maps for more info pic.twitter.com/8VJQ588T76

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Formidable Footprint – A Community / Neighborhood Exercise

Description The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face. There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises. For additional information or to register for up-coming exercises please access the following web site today: www.FormidableFootprint.org

This is a Virtual Event –

Contact Information (Name / Phone / Weblink) Chris Floyd / 850-241-3565 / chrisfloyd@drc-group.com

Here is the PDF for this exercise: FFExerciseFlyer

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