Georgia might not be deeply affected by a stoppage of FEMA disaster funds -- at least in the short term. The U.S. Senate on Monday was set to vote on a bill that would in part restore money to FEMA's disaster relief fund. Georgia emergency officials say much of the already-approved federal assistance money would not be affected.
In the decade since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government has spent nearly a half billion dollars to upgrade the state’s protection. That money has been spent on everything from X-ray and radiation detection machines to new search-and-rescue teams.
Georgia home and business owners still can rely on federal disaster assistance. That's the word from Georgia emergency management officials as FEMA says, it's suspending some disaster payments in the wake of Hurricane Irene. A GEMA spokesman says, the federal agency is delaying payments for a certain types of completed, government-backed disaster repair going back years.
Hurricane Irene victims will be getting money promised to areas ravaged by tornadoes this Spring, including Georgia. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund is running low so the agency is diverting the money to address immediate needs on the East coast.
The National Hurricane Center shifted Irene’s path eastward Wednesday, moving Georgia out of what’s called the “cone of uncertainty.” Irene now looks to be headed to the Carolinas or perhaps farther north. Officials said the state likely will get some rain, high winds and rough surf as the storm passes.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency is calling for donations to aid in the recovery in Spalding County from last week's deadly tornadoes. Two people were killed and 341 homes and businesses were reported destroyed or damaged in the county. GEMA says that beginning on Thursday, donated goods will be received at a center at 819 Memorial Drive in Griffin from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until further notice.
Tornado victims in northwest Georgia are reporting thefts and scams in the wake of last week's deadly storms. There are six reports. When deadly storms last week cut power in Nortwest Georgia, public libraries helped fill a void. The downtown library in Rome had power for days when more rural areas did not.
Governor Nathan Deal says he wants to review the state’s weather warning systems in the wake of last week violent storms. To do so, he may convene a task force to look into fortifying Georgia’s warning network.