NASHVILLE Tenn. -- Residents of Tipton County who suffered damages or loss because of the Feb. 5-6 storms and tornadoes soon will get face-to-face help in applying for federal disaster assistance.
A Disaster Recovery Center will begin operating at the Covington fire station, 101 Tennessee Ave. on Thursday, March 13, for three days. It will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The center is jointly operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Center staff will provide a range of services:
- Guidance in disaster recovery;
- Clarification of written correspondence;
- Housing assistance and rental resource information;
- Answers to questions, resolution of problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance;
- Status of applications being processed by FEMA;
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) program information; and
- Information from representatives of other federal, state and local agencies.
Before visiting the center, residents should apply to FEMA by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362) or TTY (800) 462-7585, or by going online at www.fema.gov.
When visiting a center, applicants should carry identification, Social Security number, insurance information, proof of address and contact numbers to expedite the application process.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, an applicant must complete an SBA loan application to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
All FEMA assistance is subject to eligibility criteria and may vary from disaster to disaster. SBA eligibility criteria are applied to all applicants. Applicants who do not qualify for an SBA loan are reviewed for grant assistance in compliance with the limits established by the state.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, economic status or retaliation. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, you should call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or contact your State Office of Equal Rights. If suspicious of any abuse of FEMA programs, please contact the fraud hotline at 800-323-8603.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.