Assessment teams surveying home damage throughout Chatham County

Assessment teams surveying home damage throughout Chatham County

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - If you have property damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew, you will want to listen to this.

Right now, damage assessment teams from your local emergency management agency are surveying storm damage. As their findings make it to the federal level, FEMA, certain thresholds could be met that would qualify you for federal assistance.

You don't have to go far on Tybee Island to hear the sounds of heavy machinery and chainsaws working to clear debris on Friday.

It's a cleanup effort that will likely continue for weeks, if not months. The good news is most of the power is restored out here, with only isolated pockets of outages because of still dangerous conditions, according to Tybee's mayor.

As you file claims with your insurance providers, you might be finding some things aren't covered that were affected by the hurricane. If that's the case, you can get in touch with your local emergency management agency.

Many I've spoken to Friday, from Chatham to Bryan to Liberty County, will have or already have damage assessment teams looking at damaged homes.

In Chatham County, CEMA will be taking calls for assessments over the weekend.

"They can call CEMA at 912.201.4500. We have a call center set up, they will be here through the weekend. Probably normal business hours, 9 to 5. So if somebody thinks they have damage that needs to be looked at, they can certainly call that number and we will get that setup," said Chatham County PIO Catherine Neal Glasby.

One big question is when the individual assistance will be available to residents who may have received storm damage that is not covered by their home owner or rental insurance?

That question will be answered as the local emergency management agency's pass along information to the state, which will then go to FEMA to determine is thresholds were met.

"We still have CEMA teams that are working with FEMA that are out doing assessments, preliminary assessments now. That will continue through the weekend. We expect to hear something next week from FEMA about individual assistance. We don't expect that
to happen before early next week," said Glasby.

One important note, residents can begin cleanup of the storm damage even as storm damage assessment teams evaluate your property.

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