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Sunday, October 21, 2018
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Post Irma Relief and Assistance


GEMA - georgia emergency management agency

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are now open in Camden and Chatham counties to serve disaster survivors. The centers are open daily and staffed by representatives of the State of Georgia, FEMA, SBA and other recovery partners. Hours of operation at the centers are: 
Mon-Fri:  8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Sunday:1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
DRC Locations:

Chatham County
Tybee Island YMCA Gym 202 5th Street
Tybee Island, GA 31328

Camden County
Camden County Recreation Center 1050 Wildcat Blvd.
Kingsland, GA 31548

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties may now register with FEMA for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. The deadline to register with FEMA is Nov. 14, 2017.

To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Irma, beginning Sept. 4.

Individuals can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.govor through the FEMA App. For the full press release click here.

To help those recovering from Hurricane Irma
Making a monetary donation to a trusted, recognized relief organization is the most effective way to help those in need. Money provides organizations the flexibility to address more urgent and specialized needs, and allows resources to be funneled back into the local economy. 

Please visit the Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website​ to find a list of organizations that would appreciate your donation and learn more about these group's volunteer and donation needs.


Please DO NOT self-deploy as a volunteer and DO NOT begin collecting or distributing unsoliticited donations until you've been in contact with an official relief organization. 

United Way


​​​​​​​​​To find more information on food resources and other assistance, please click here or call 211 for United Way .

Price Gouging

If you feel that you may have been the victim of a scam or price gouging contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at 1-800-869-1123 toll-free outside of the metro Atlanta calling area, or call 404-651-8600 inside the metro Atlanta area. You can also make a written report here.

Report Damage

You can now self-report basic information about damage to homes, businesses, and public facilities by clicking here​. This site can be accessed on mobile or desktop.     



FEMA - federal emergency management agency

For GA Information about applying for assistance and what to expect afterward CLICK HERE
For FL Information about applying for assistance and what to expect afterward CLICK HERE

SBA -Small business association

The Small Business Administration offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans to homeowners, residents, non-profits and businesses of all sizes to repair or replace property damaged by Hurricane Irma. 


Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace damages to their primary residences. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to repair/replace personal property including cars.  The interest rate is as low as 1.75% with terms up to 30 years. Completing the SBA loan application is an important step to find out what aid may be available to you.  You don’t have to accept the loan, but you must complete the application to be eligible for any FEMA or other assistance for which you qualify.


Businesses of all sizes may borrow up to $2 million to repair/replace damage to their inventory, equipment and buildings.  Small businesses may also apply for economic injury disaster loans (EIDL) to help them pay the bills they would have been able to pay if the hurricane had not struck.


To apply for a disaster loan online, visit  


To apply by mail, call 800-659-2955 and one will be mailed to you.


For hands on assistance, visit a disaster recovery center (DRCs). There are currently DRCs open at the following locations:

·         Tybee Island YMCA Gym, 202 5th Street, Tybee Island, GA,

·         Camden Community Rec Center, 1050 Wildcat Boulevard, Kingsland, GA

·         Liberty County Community Complex, 9397 E. Oglethorpe Hwy., Midway, GA (Opening September 27)

The DRCs are open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Businesses may also receive assistance at a Business Recovery Center. The Brunswick BRC is located at UGA Marine Extension & GA Sea Grant Center at 715 Bay Street, Brunswick. The Chatham County BRC is located at the Savannah Entrepreneurial Center, 801 East Gwinnett Street, Savannah. They are open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Local Churches/Minsitries

Georgia Baptist Association Disaster Releif


Kingsland First Baptist
295 E. Chester Street
Kingsland, GA 31548


Southeast Baptist Association
2220 Perry Lane Road
Brunswick, GA 31525