Aid Totals Reach $33 Million

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Release date: 
June 20, 2003
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Nashville, TN -- More than $33 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.

Disaster assistance in Tennessee includes these totals:

  • To date, 11,603 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 Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • $33.3 million in disaster aid has been disbursed to eligible residents and businesses in grants and loans.

    • $7.1 million of the total is for Disaster Housing assistance grants.

    • $11 million is for individual and household grants to help meet essential needs not covered by insurance or other programs.

    • $15.2 million is for U.S. Small Business Administration loans to homeowners, renters and businesses. ($9 million for home loans, $5.2 million for business loans, and $1 million for economic injury loans)

  • So far 7,428 residents have reported property damage, and FEMA staff has completed 7,237 inspections of damaged property.

  • Seventy-three of the state's 95 counties are eligible for disaster assistance.

  • 4,337 residents have visited state-FEMA disaster recovery centers staffed by disaster specialists to answer applicants' questions. One center is operating in Jackson. Another center will open in Lexington next week. It will operate at 547 West Church Street from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 23-27.

  • Public Assistance reimbursement for local governments and agencies is expected to exceed $54 million. To date, 212 governments and agencies have asked for aid totaling approximately $40 million.

  • 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 to show residents how they can build storm-resistant safe rooms and reduce flood risk to their property. More than 4,337 people have attended the hazard mitigation sessions, which will continue into July:
Home Depot
1155 Bell Road
June 22-28
Home Depot
6421 Perimeter
June 29-July 5
2100 Pioneer Road
Through June 21
5428 Highway 153
July 6-12
Home Depot
1750 Old Fort Parkway
Through June 21

1825 Old Fort Parkway
June 22-28
4531 Nolensville Pike
Through June 21
Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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