Nashville, TN -- Tennessee's disaster victims have only two weeks to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for state and federal assistance for damage suffered during May's tornadoes, flooding and severe storms.
While registrations cannot be accepted after the July 7 deadline, FEMA will continue to process all applications received before the deadline.
"Any resident of a declared county who suffered losses in May's storms should register to ensure the possibility of assistance, even if they had insurance," said Michael Bolch, the official in charge of federal recovery operations. "Those who plan to register, but have delayed, need to meet the deadline."
The deadline applies to the Tennessee disaster declaration signed by President Bush, and pertains to all declared counties, including those added since the original declaration May 8. To date residents of 69 counties are eligible to register for aid.
It takes only a few minutes to register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The number for those with speech or hearing impairment is 1-800-462-7585.
Registration does not require anyone to receive assistance, Bolch emphasized, and receiving assistance has no effect on homeowners insurance because assistance covers only uninsured losses.