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October 9, 2001
Greeneville, TN -- Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Tennessee to the seven disaster-stricken counties of Tennessee now stands at $5,549,095.
October 8, 2001
Greeneville, TN -- Residents and business owners in Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Shelby, Unicoi and Washington counties, who sustained damage from the severe storm flooding during the period of July 27 through August 22, 2001, have until October 15, to apply for disaster assistance. October 15 is the last day applications will be accepted. That is also the deadline for submitting loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster-related losses to real and personal property.
September 12, 2001
More Than $3 Million in Flood Aid Now Delivered; 817 Registrations for Individual Assistance Received So Far
Greeneville, TN -- Federal and state disaster assistance to the seven disaster-stricken Tennessee counties topped $3 million Wednesday, with more than 423 checks sent directly to individuals and families who qualified for the various assistance programs and who sustained losses.
September 11, 2001
Greeneville, TN -- A toll-free Disaster Information Helpline - 1-800-525-0321(1-800-462-7585 for the hearing impaired) - has been established for those who were affected by the recent severe storms and flooding and who have already registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
September 10, 2001
Greeneville, TN -- Disaster-aid applicants who are not eligible for a low-interest loan from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be eligible for a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Individual and Family Grant program. Unlike loans, the FEMA grants of up to $14,400 do not have to be repaid.
September 7, 2001
Greeneville, TN -- Greeneville, TN September 7, 2001 -- Most federal and state disaster assistance programs are designed to meet emergency needs in the form of disaster grants for immediate housing requirements and emergency repairs. These programs are meant to help people begin their recovery; they are not designed to return people's lives to their pre-disaster conditions.
September 6, 2001
Greeneville, TN -- The initial checks for housing assistance have been mailed to residents in the seven disaster-declared Tennessee counties who suffered flood damage during the period, July 27 through August 22, 2001.
September 4, 2001
Greeneville, TN -- State and federal disaster recovery officials advise Tennessee residents who have disaster-related damage to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. "Scam artists are often ready to seize an opportunity to capitalize on the misfortune of others," Gracia Szczech, the FEMA official in charge of long-term disaster recovery. "In the wake of disasters, dishonest contractors often flock to an area to rip off those seeking to rebuild."
September 3, 2001
Greeneville, TN -- Teams of community relations specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and local communities are going door-to-door and talking with individuals who suffered damages from the recent flooding. "We rely on our community relations staff not only to get the word out but also to find out first hand what, if any, problems the communities and individuals are facing," FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech said.
August 31, 2001
Greeneville, TN -- Individuals who have already applied for federal and state disaster assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) hotline - 1-800-462-9029 - can expect to be contacted and will be visited by a damage inspector to verify losses according to Gracia Szczech, the federal official in charge of disaster recovery. "The inspections help us determine the amount of damage experienced by an applicant and their eligibility, which allows us to assist them in the quickest and most efficient way possible," said Szczech.