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.
"We want people to understand that this is merely an application deadline," said John D. White Jr., the state official in charge of the disaster recovery. "For individuals who have already applied for assistance, their cases will continue to be processed, it's just that we won't be accepting new applications."
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) officials urge those who have not done so to apply as soon as possible by calling FEMA's toll free registration line at 1-800-462-9029. For the hearing or speech impaired, the number to call is 1-800-462-7585.
To inquire about the status of an application already submitted, the FEMA Helpline number is 1-800-525-0321 (1-800-462-7585 for the hearing impaired).