Aid Totals Climb To $27 Million

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Release date: 
June 13, 2003
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Nashville, TN -- Nearly $27 million in state and federal aid has been disbursed to Tennessee residents and businesses since May's onslaught of storms, tornadoes and flooding was declared a federal disaster.

Another $54 million has been requested to help local governments and agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today.

Disaster assistance in Tennessee includes these totals:

  • To date, 10,959 applicants have registered for state and FEMA aid by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or 1-800-462-7585 (TDD) for the hearing or speech impaired. Registration lines are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • $26.9 million in disaster aid has been disbursed to eligible residents and businesses in grants and loans.

    • $6.8 million of the total is for Disaster Housing assistance grants.

    • $10.3 million is for individual and household grants to help meet essential needs not covered by insurance or other programs.

    • $9.8 million is for U.S. Small Business Administration loans to homeowners, renters and businesses. ($6,336,800 for home loans, $2,901,700 for business loans, and $625,200 for economic injury loans)

  • So far 6,953 residents have reported housing damage, and FEMA staff has completed 6,740 inspections of damaged property.

  • More than three-fourths of the state (73 of the state's 95 counties) is now eligible for some form of disaster assistance.

  • 3,691 residents have visited state-FEMA disaster recovery centers staffed by disaster specialists to answer applicants' questions. Currently a fixed-site center is operating in Jackson and two mobile centers are visiting Chattanooga and Jackson.

  • Public Assistance reimbursement for local governments and agencies is estimated to exceed $54 million. To date, 198 local governments and agencies have been briefed on available programs. Their requests include $17 million for debris removal, more than $4 million for emergency protective measures (police, public employees, immediate actions to restore critical facilities), and $33 million to repair or replace damaged infrastructure - roads, bridges, and buildings.

  • Additional funding has been approved to help the state provide:

    • Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

    • Crisis Counseling for individuals and families to help with anxiety, grief and other emotional reactions in the aftermath of the disaster.

  • A series of hazard mitigation demonstrations is being held for residents to promote storm-resistant safe rooms and flood risk-reduction measures. In the first week, more than 2,100 people attended the hazard mitigation sessions. The demonstrations will continue into July, as shown in this schedule:
Home Depot
1155 Bell Road
June 22-28
Home Depot
6421 Perimeter
June 29-July 5
2100 Pioneer Road
June 14-21
5428 Highway 153
July 6-12
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