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Georgia Pursues Federal Damage Assessment

Monday, September 13, 2004  Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774


Hurricane Frances impacts 102 counties; Ivan poses additional threat

Atlanta, GA- Governor Sonny Perdue has directed the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) to pursue a federal damage assessment in the wake of Hurricane Frances.  GEMA has in turn made a formal request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The assessments will determine whether Georgia may be eligible for federal assistance under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.

Initial reports indicate that counties throughout the state incurred significant costs related to debris removal, emergency protective measures and power restoration.  Approximately 102 counties have reported impact on their public infrastructure as a result of the storm with 45 counties indicating major damages and 57 counties reporting moderate damages. 

"I am grateful to counties and cities across the state for quickly compiling these damage estimates," said Governor Sonny Perdue.  "Their cooperation is especially significant given they are in the difficult position of recovering from Hurricane Frances and preparing for the potential arrival of Hurricane Ivan."  

Since Hurricane Ivan's track continues to be unpredictable at this time, Georgia is also facing the possibility of additional damages from the current tropical system.  For this reason, the number of counties reporting damages could increase altering the initial estimates.

"Hurricane Ivan is a powerful storm, and has been unpredictable," said Mike Sherberger, GEMA Director.  "We are working closely with federal, local and other state entities to coordinate our response should additional problems develop."

FEMA will begin PDAs as soon as possible weather permitting.  The process will involve a team of FEMA, GEMA and local officials making onsite visits to the impacted areas to verify damage estimates.  Based on their assessment, Governor Perdue will decide whether the state will proceed in making a federal disaster declaration.

For updated information on Hurricane Ivan, visit the GEMA Web site at .