Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter: Recovering From Irma
Thousands of our fellow Georgians and millions in Floridians remain without power due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma, but crews are working around the clock to remedy this difficult situation.
In fact, my household and the homes of several members of my district staff did not have power restored until Wednesday evening.
We are all coming together to help our friends, family and neighbors put their homes and lives back in order. I’ll be assessing Irma damage in Georgia on Sept. 15 with a delegation led by Secretary Sonny Perdue.
Below are some links and numbers of relief organizations who can assist those in need:
AMERICAN RED CROSS: Emergency Assistance: Get Assistance (24-hour help line: 404-876-3302) HERE.
GEORGIA POWER: Georgia Power has designated a Power Outage system for reporting outages and receiving help HERE.
TRACKING POWER OUTAGES: Georgia Power says about 5,500 company personnel are responding, but they had to wait until conditions were safe for crews to begin inspecting and servicing power lines. For more, click HERE.
FEMA: Information for approved individual assistance monies for this disaster are available. Information is updated every 24 hours HERE.
AVOIDING FRAUDULENT CONTRACTORS: There may be reports of FEMA inspectors asking for personal information or charging for services such as damage inspections or contractor repairs. This is a SCAM. For more, click HERE.
DONATE SECURELY TO IRMA RELIEF: Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses that supports economic recovery. For more, click HERE.
REPORT A DOWNED TREE BLOCKING THE ROAD:
Call 404-294-2911 or click HERE.
Call 770-822-7400 or click HERE.
Call 770-784-2097 or click HERE.
Call 770-278-7200 or click HERE.
USEFUL TIPS FOR RECOVERY: Tips on storm recovery, flood damaged vehicles and other Hurricane Irma recovery resources can be found at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) website.
TOURISTS LOOKING TO LEAVE DEVASTATED AREAS: Any tourist requiring transport off of St. Thomas and St. John should contact the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism at 340-772-0357 or click HERE.
CONCERNS WITH FOOD SAFETY: As families are able to return to their homes after power outages, there will be many questions about which foods can be safely consumed and what should be discarded. The FoodKeeper App can serve as a helpful resource that consumers can use. Download the app HERE.
SAMHA’s DISASTER DISTRESS HELPLINE:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a--year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
CFPB TOOLKIT: Once you have addressed your urgent needs, check out these five steps you can take to help you secure your home and finances, click HERE.
As always, I appreciate your time and feedback. Please remember you can reach me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as e-mails, phone calls and letters. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent you in Congress.