Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Jan 26, 2017
Press Release

ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) welcomed today’s federal major disaster declaration for additional counties in Middle and Southwest Georgia impacted by major storms and tornadoes on January 22, 2017. This declaration is distinct from yesterday’s declaration, which was in response to the storms that occurred on January 2, 2017. This new declaration opens up additional eligibility for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

This second federal major disaster declaration specifically includes FEMA Individual Assistance for Berrien, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Turner, and Wilcox counties. 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. This assistance also covers disaster-related childcare, medical, and essential vehicle expenses.

FEMA is still reviewing which counties will be newly eligible for FEMA Public Assistance under the new declaration. 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.

“This second, expanded major disaster declaration will be essential to providing much needed resources to those in Middle and Southwest Georgia that were impacted by the severe weather this month," said Congressman Bishop. "Georgians have always proven to be resilient, and this time will be no different. With FEMA’s assistance, we will work together to restore a sense of normalcy to our communities.”

Further information on eligibility for FEMA assistance, local resources, and the application process can be found at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers are currently operational from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Eastern Time) seven days a week.