Preliminary Damage Assessments to Begin in Clarke County

Sep 15, 2017

Athens-Clarke residents are being asked to conduct preliminary damage assessments of government, nonprofit, and private properties in community affected by Tropical Storm Irma. The information will be used to provide information to both GEMA and FEMA to estimate and document the impact and magnitude of the storm. The information will be used to request federal relief, if granted, the assistance will be available to the community and individuals.

Irma damage in Athens
Credit Athens-Clarke County Police Department

Trained assessors from several county departments will assess the damaged properties in-person over the next week. They will be in marked county vehicles and will carry government-issued photo identification. Residents, businesses, and nonprofits are asked to help in the effort by providing information about their damaged properties. Those affected can fill out a form online at www.athensclarkecounty.com/irma, or call 706-613-3330 option 4. The same number as the Tropical Storm Irma non-emergency number  has been restored to receive calls.

The line will have staff on hand to take caller information over the phone from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. every day through Friday, September 22. Callers can also leave voice mail messages at any time through Friday, September 22 during times when the phone number is not staffed.  Residents do not have to be present for their assessment.