But as of May 19 the agency and GEMA, its Georgia state counterpart, have processed 4,545 registrations for aid in 26 federally designated disaster counties and distributed $3.3 million in direct cash aid, according to GEMA spokesman Buzz Weiss.
Across the disaster areas of Georgia there are 2,528 requests for inspection of damage. Weiss said FEMA still has 12 inspectors in the field in the state.
“We’re about where we need to be in the recovery phase,” he said.
In Catoosa County, nearly 540 homes were damaged and 84 destroyed. More than 30 businesses are a total loss, with 42 and counting damaged.
Weiss said that in Catoosa County there have been 826 FEMA registrations for assistance and 461 in Walker County.
The Walker FEMA disaster recovery center closed May 21, but the Catoosa location at the Learning Center will remain open until further notice.
Center hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Weiss said there is a website, georgiahousingsearch.org, operated jointly by GEMA and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to help find homes for disaster victims who are seeking to relocate.
There is also disaster unemployment assistance offered by the Georgia Department of Labor for anyone whose job has been affected by the catastrophe.
Applicants can receive up to $330 per week, and should call 1-877-709-8158 or go to any disaster recovery center or Department of Labor office.
Catoosa County chief financial advisor Carl Henson reported that the county has paid $42,000 in overtime pay related to the disaster, of which up to 90 percent may be reimbursed by FEMA or GEMA.