FEMA visits LaGrange: Trip spent surveying tornado damage from last week’s storm

Published 8:00 am Thursday, January 19, 2023

On Wednesday, FEMA Deputy Administrator Erik Hooks surveyed tornado damage in Troup County along with his team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and GEMA.

Photos from the county show Hooks walking with county officials, including EMA Director Zac Steele and County Manager Eric Mosley, through the Lexington Park neighborhood, where one of two tornadoes struck Jan. 12.

In addition to Hooks’ visit, FEMA announced Wednesday how homeowners and renters in Troup County can apply for FEMA disaster assistance.

FEMA said in its press release that residents can apply for disaster assistance at disasterassistance.gov, by using the FEMA mobile app, or by calling 800-621-3362. The helpline is open, and help is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. eastern time. Applicants who use video relay services (VRS) or captioned telephone services, can give FEMA the number for that service.

When applying for assistance, applicants must have the following information ready:

4 A current phone number where you can be contacted

4 Address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying

4 Social Security number

4 A general list of damage and losses

4 Banking information if you choose direct deposit

4 If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

Survivors may be eligible to receive assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from the tornadoes. FEMA encourages applicants who have homeowners, renters or flood insurance, to file a claim as soon as possible.

FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If a policy does not cover all disaster expenses, applicants may be eligible for federal assistance.