• Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief

    Hands on Thomas County

    D-SNAP is currently take place at the Professional Learning Center located at the Thomas County Board of Education and DFACS is in urgent need of volunteers to help with crowd control. D-SNAP is a temporary program that helps senior and low-income families apply for assistance to feed their families. This is only for those who normally would not be eligible for food stamps. They expect to see over 50,000 people. 

    Volunteers are greatly needed to help with the following:

    • crowd &  traffic control
    • remind those in line they must have a photo id/proof of address
    • relay messages to those in line
    • assist with registration forms

    You can volunteer for two hours, a half day, a full day… whatever your schedule allows.

    To sign up as a volunteer, please call Roxanne Walker at (229) 227-3126. Don’t forget to tell them HOTC sent you!

    Here is the link to our website about the Storm Relief Volunteer Opportunity >>

    Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency:

    GEMA/HS continues relief and recovery operation in Georgia for the survivors of Hurricane Michael. Damage assessments are still being conducted, which provides the ability for additional qualified counties to be added to the declaration. For more information, click here

    Residents should contact their county emergency management agencies for additional resources in their area. 


    • Debris Cleanup: Citizens affected by Hurricane Michael in need of cleanup on private property can call Crisis Cleanup at 1-800-451-1954 to request volunteer debris removal. Remember to photograph damages before you start the cleanup process. Contact your insurance company for assistance. File an insurance claim
    • Individual Assistance: Residents in Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth counties can now apply for individual assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. To learn more about the Federal Disaster Aid Process, click here.
    • SBA Loans: Disaster assistance is available for businesses, homeowners and renters from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Click here to find out more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply.
    • Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Residents in the 13 federally declared counties eligible for individual assistance and who are unemployed or partially unemployed as a result of the storm, may be eligible for DUA.  For more information and to see a list of documents needed to obtain DUA, please visit the Georgia Department of Labor website.
    • Food Stamps: Georgia residents who receive food stamps now have additional time to report food lost due to power outages during Hurricane Michael. Recipients of SNAP benefits, whose food was lost in Hurricane Michael, must submit the Food Loss Replacement Form (Form 841) in person or by mail to the local DFCS office no later than Oct. 31. For more information, visit the Division of Family and Children Services ' website.
    • Agriculture: Here's a tool for farmers to determine what assistance is available. A full list of agriculture resources is also available.

    Disaster Recovery Centers are open in several counties throughout Southwest Georgia to answer questions and help residents through the assistance process. Most centers are open Mon. – Sat. from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sun. from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more details on each center's hours of operation, please visit FEMA's website.

    Thomas County Disaster Recovery Center:
    1202 Remington Avenue
    Thomasville, Ga 31792
    Thomas County

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Saturday, 8:00AM - 7:00PM
    Sunday, 1:00 - 7:00PM

    ***Notes: This DRC is part of a CIRCUIT - It will be at this location in Thomas County until Close of Business 10/30/18, then will move to another County from 11/01-11/06/18. The DRC will return to this location in Thomas County from 11/08-11/13/18.

    US Chamber of Commerce Foundation:

    When a disaster occurs, businesses must take care of their employees’ needs, communicate the impact, address financial matters (e.g., insurance, disaster assistance), restore operations, and organize recovery. Below are resources to help reopen your business and make progress through long-term recovery.

    Small Business Disaster Recovery Quick Guide

    Small Business Disaster Recovery EXPANDED Guide

    Businesses can call 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP (888-692-4943) for direct support from disaster recovery experts. 

    Georgia Department of Labor:

    As of Tuesday, October 16, 2018, there are 12 counties in Region 10 that have been included in the federally declared disaster. They are Baker, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties. Individuals who are unemployed or partially unemployed as a direct result of a federally declared disaster may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). DUA benefits are funded by the federal government to assist individuals after a disaster. 

    Individuals can apply online on the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) website at dol.georgia.gov (click on File a Regular Claim) OR in person at any GDOL career center. Check the GDOL website for Career Center Locations.

    Also, employers may assist employees during periods of lack of work due to a presidentially declared natural disaster by filing partial claims on their behalf. Filing partial claims electronically results in faster payment. See process below…

    Internal Revenue Service:

    The IRS extended deadlines that apply to filing returns, paying taxes, and performing certain other time-sensitive acts for certain taxpayers affected by Hurricane Michael in the Georgia counties of Baker, Bleckley, Burke, Calhoun, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Emanuel, Grady, Houston, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lee, Macon, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Treutlen, Turner, Wilcox, and Worth. The extension applies to deadlines - either an original or extended due date - that occurred on or after Oct. 9, 2018 and before Feb. 28, 2019.

    Personal casualty losses attributable to certain 2018 federally declared disasters, including Hurricane Michael, may be claimed as a qualified disaster loss.

    For more information, please visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/hurricanemichael.

    Small Business Administration

    The U.S. Small Business Administration adds more counties to the disaster declaration in Georgia for businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Michael that began on Oct. 9, 2018 and is opening a Business Recovery Center in Crisp County. Other Business Recovery Centers in Decatur and Dougherty counties are already in operation.

    The disaster declaration now covers Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth counties in Georgia which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Ben Hill, Berrien, Bleckley, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Dodge, Dooly, Emanuel, Irwin, Johnson, Macon, Marion, Quitman, Schley, Stewart, Treutlen, Twiggs, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox and Wilkinson in Georgia; Barbour, Henry and Houston in Alabama; and Gadsden, Jackson, Jefferson and Leon in Florida.

    The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. SBA representatives at the Centers will provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses with completing the SBA application.

    The Centers are located as indicated below and will operate until further notice:

    SBA Customer Service Representatives are also located at the Disaster Recovery Centers. If you cannot get to a Center, disaster survivors may register for federal assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov and apply for SBA disaster loan assistance using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should also call 800-621-3362.

    Disaster survivors don’t have to wait to submit their insurance claim to apply for a SBA disaster loan because we can approve and disburse your loan funds while the claim is pending. If a survivor does not know how much of their loss will be covered by insurance or other sources, SBA will consider making a loan for the total loss up to its loan limits, provided the borrower agrees to use insurance proceeds to reduce or repay their SBA loan.

    Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Applicants may be eligible for a loan increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

    For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

    Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.

    Interest rates are as low as 3.675 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations and 2 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

    Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers, Business Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to

    The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 13, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 15, 2019.

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