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Hurricane Matthew

Individual Assistance now available in seven counties

Federal assistance is available to homeowners, renters and business owners in Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, McIntosh and Wayne counties through a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Georgia. 

To apply for assistance or for more information visit: or call 800-621-3362.

SBA offers low interest loans to individuals

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, McIntosh, Screven, Liberty, Camden and Wayne counties​ are eligible for low interest loans through the Small Business Administration. Click here for more information. The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Dec.16, 2016

Georgia Disaster Survivors: Beware of Fraudulent Disaster Workers or Contractors

  • When possible, contact government agencies using information posted on official websites or sources.
  • Do not sign anything you do not fully understand, and do not sign contracts with blank spaces.
  • Do not give out credit card or bank account information.
  • FEMA does not have "approved" contractors. Beware of contractor who say they are affiliated with FEMA.

For additional help contact the Georgia Department of Law's Consumer Protection Unit at 404-651-8600 or 1-800-869-1123 for more tips on avoiding identity theft and scams.​

Insurance Questions

Residents with storm damage who have questions about insurance coverage can contact the Georgia Department of Insurance at 1-800-656-2298. 

Hudgens Reminds Hurricane Victims How To Seek Help For Insurance Questions and Problems

Debris Removal

Residents are asked to place Hurricane Matthew-generated debris in piles at the curb in front of their house as soon as possible. Debris pick-up includes woody, vegetative debris and other construction and demolition storm-related debris such as fencing, shingles, etc. Please separate woody, vegetative debris from other debris as there will be separate pick-ups for each (example​). 

Georgia Forestry Commission Outdoor Burning Guidance  

For questions regarding debris clean up, please contact the county emergency management agency. 

Volunteer Information

Volunteer organizations are helping residents affected by Hurricane Matthew to clear trees and debris, muck out houses and make some repairs on private property. More information is available through the county emergency management agency.

Click to volunteer.

Health and Safety

Ready Georgia: Hurricanes and Flooding

Red Cross: Returning Home After a Hurricane or Flood

Red Cross: Get Rid of Mold

FDA: Food and Water Safety




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Contact Your Local Emergency Management Agency

Georgia MapOur county or municipal emergency management directory is the best source of information on local conditions and programs, along with assistance that may be available due to recent federal disaster declarations. Use the drop down to the left or choose the state map to see a clickable reference to your local emergency management agency.