GEORGIA AND FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES SET TO COORDINATE ON JOINT PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Georgia and Federal Emergency Management Agencies (GEMA and FEMA) are slated to begin a joint preliminary damage assessment (PMA) later this week to establish the total costs resulting from the storms and tornadoes that hit Southwest and Middle Georgia early last week.
This joint PMA follows a state of emergency being declared in Calhoun, Mitchell, Baker, and Dougherty counties by Governor Deal last Thursday, January 5. The findings of the joint PMA will inform a decision by Governor Deal on whether to request federal disaster assistance.
“I thank Governor Deal for his swift action in issuing a state of emergency in southwest Georgia. I saw the destruction in Albany firsthand when I was home this past weekend, and I am pleased that Governor Deal will also be touring the area. The scope of the damage is dramatic, and I urge the Governor to submit a formal request to the President for federal disaster assistance as soon as possible.”
A federal disaster designation requires a formal request be made by the Governor to the President. Eligibility requires a collective damage estimate for the impacted areas of $13.8 million, in excess of amounts covered by available insurance. Federal assistance then generally supplements any shortfalls in insurance coverage for impacted parties.