Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Jan 25, 2017
Press Release

ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today welcomed the major disaster declaration issued by the President for counties in Middle and Southwest Georgia struck by major storms and tornadoes on January 2, 2017. The declaration opens up potential eligibility for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The declaration was issued as Congressman Bishop toured storm damage in the City of Albany and Dougherty County.

The federal declaration specifically includes FEMA Individual Assistance for Dougherty County. FEMA Individual Assistance provides federal resources for impacted individuals and households, including financial assistance for temporary housing, home-repair, and damage to essential household items. Additionally, this assistance covers disaster-related childcare, medical, and essential vehicle expenses.

The declaration also provides FEMA Public Assistance for Calhoun, Dougherty, Early, Miller, Mitchell, Turner, and Worth Counties. FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides resources for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

Finally, the declaration provides statewide eligibility for FEMA’s hazard mitigation program, which provides grants for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

“I am relieved to hear that the initial request for federal assistance has been approved by the President. Middle and Southwest Georgia have faced destructive storms and tornadoes twice this month, and federal resources will be vital for the region’s recovery,” said Congressman Bishop. “I urge the President to also approve the second request for federal assistance for those that were impacted by the tornadoes and storms that pummeled the area on January 22.” 

Earlier this afternoon, Congressman Bishop joined Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and officials from both the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and FEMA on an aerial survey of storm damage to the City of Albany and Dougherty County. Congressman Bishop later toured the damage to the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) with Major General Craig Crenshaw, the top Marine commander for worldwide logistics and supply chain and distribution management, and Colonel James Carroll, the commanding officer for MCLB.

Governor Deal has formally requested an expedited major disaster declaration for the second round of storms that struck the region on January 22 for both Individual and Public Assistance. This request seeks Individual Assistance for Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth counties. The request also seeks Public Assistance for Atkinson, Baker, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Lowndes, Mitchell, Thomas, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth counties.

In a show of respect for the victims of the storms, Congressman Bishop led a moment of silence on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives along with members of the Georgia and Mississippi Congressional Delegations on January 23. Footage of this moment can be found here.

Further information on FEMA assistance and eligibility can be found here.