GEORGIA AWARDED FEDERAL GRANT FROM FEMA FOR WILDFIRES
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA.01) announced that the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award a federal grant for the State of Georgia for the Sweat Farm Road Fire. The amount of the grant is $4,185,557.
"In times of need, we often turn to our neighbors to lend us a hand and with the Sweat Farm Road fire, our neighbors answered the call. Firefighters from such states as Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina worked side-by-side with Georgia's firefighters to fight this devastating fire. This grant will help Georgia reimburse the costs those states incurred in sending personnel and equipment," Congressman Jack Kingston said.
Back in the spring, a fire started in Ware County. As a result, 800 homes and businesses in the City of Waycross and vicinity were threatened. Five homes were destroyed and around 2,100 people were evacuated. The Sweat Farm Road fire burned an estimated 104,152 acres. FEMA is providing assistance through this grant for reimbursement of costs for other State's assets (personnel and equipment) through activation of the Southeastern Fire Compact and other mutual aid agreements and Memorandum of Understanding. (MOUs).