The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster recovery center has doled out almost $800,000 in disaster assistant to Glynn County residents since it opened in Brunswick after Hurricane Matthew.
So far, 2,091 applications for individual aid have been submitted to agency locally, said Gary Petty, a FEMA media relations specialist. Some 19,820 applications have been submitted from the 10 Georgia counties as whole that qualified for disaster assistance.
As for the aid distributed, $784,653.58 has been awarded for household and individual needs in Glynn County. That sum can be broken down into two categories, housing assistance and other needs.
Housing assistance primarily covers property damage, but also includes anything else someone might need, like funeral or medical costs. Of the local total, $562,564.73 has been awarded for housing assistance. Another $222,088.85 was awarded for other needs.
“We’re trying to get survivors back in their homes so they can live in a safe, sanitary and functional environment,” Petty said.
In the state as a whole, more than $5.4 million has been awarded, according to Robert Porreca, who works with FEMA’s external affairs department.
The agency is closing its disaster recovery center Friday at 7 p.m., but residents in Coastal Georgia that have not yet applied for individual assistance after Hurricane Matthew can still do so until Dec. 16.
There are four ways to contact FEMA once the assistance center is closed — call 1-800-621-3362, go to disasterassistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app or go to an assistance center in another county or state.
While an application can be submitted from any center, checking up on the status of an application in-person must be done from within the state of residence.
Assistance centers will remain open after Brunswick’s closes in Savannah, at Savannah Technical College, Daytona Beach, Fla., and St. Augustine, Fla.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has also awarded a good sum in loans to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. According to a press release from the SBA, 224 disaster loans have been approved in Georgia, coming out to $5,385,900.
Individual homeowners can apply for small business disaster loans as well. Either visit disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or call 800-659-2955.
The SBA shares a cutoff date with FEMA, Dec. 16.