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Tornado relief funding now available

The Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation’s Tornado Relief Fund at United Bank has received more than $135,000 in contributions to support those affected by the April 28 tornadoes. Relief funds are available to organizations providing tornado relief and short-term needs of affected individuals and families. Relief funds must be applied for and are not guaranteed. Several checks have been written to victims as short-term aid and grant applications are taken and processed from individuals and families. To be eligible, individuals and families must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency before submitting an application. Once an individual or family has registered and has a FEMA registration ID number, they can apply for up to $500 from the Barnesville-Lamar Tornado Relief Fund. Future funding will be available for unmet needs of individuals and families. The Georgia EMA, FEMA and private insurance benefits often take time to be processed so the fund will offer funding for individuals and families once their unmet needs can be better identified and quantified. To apply for funds online, go to Organizations can apply at Applications are available at area United Banks.

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