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Posted on: October 13, 2017

GEMA notifies Hall Co. of assistance status following Tropical Storm Irma

Hall County officials have been notified by the state that the County will not be eligible for individual assistance in the wake of Tropical Storm Irma.

"A thorough evaluation of damages in Hall County was completed by a joint federal/state/county preliminary damage assessment team," said Charlie Dawson, public assistance and recovery manager with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and Homeland Security Agency.  "The documented damages reported did not warrant federal individual assistance."

The designation would have allowed residents to apply for assistance to repair and replace personal property.

Dawson notified County officials of the decision Friday.

Approximately 30 representatives from various County departments participated in the assessment, which was submitted to state and federal officials last month.

While Hall County did not qualify for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it did qualify for public assistance.

"That includes things like debris clean-up on public streets, reimbursement for emergency protective measures and repair of government facilities," said Hall County Emergency Management Agency Director David Kimbrell. 

As a reminder, the state burn ban was lifted Oct. 1, so any residents wanting to clear their property of storm-related debris are able to burn that debris as long as they are issued a burn permit.  

More information about obtaining a burn permit can be found at the link below.

Click here for burn permit information
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