NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennesseans who suffered losses from the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that hit the Volunteer State over the past month have been approved for more than $5 million in federal help. More than 8,100 Tennesseans have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance.
As of close of business May 19, the following is a numerical snapshot of disaster recovery:
- $3,496,683 million in housing assistance grants to help with recovery rental expenses and home repair costs.
- $881,970 to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as funeral expenses and personal property losses.
- $642,900 by the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest loans to eligible homeowners, renters or business owners.
- 4,431 damaged homes and property have been inspected.
- 4,267 individuals have visited the joint TEMA-FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers that are open in affected counties.
On May 1, a presidential disaster declaration made federal assistance available to eligible individuals in Bledsoe, Bradley, Cocke, Greene, Hamilton, Johnson, McMinn, Monroe, Rhea and Washington counties for help with losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and associated flooding from April 25 to April 28, 2011.
Then, on May 9, a presidential disaster declaration made federal funding available to eligible individuals in Dyer, Lake, Obion, Shelby, and Stewart counties for help with losses caused by severe weather storms, straight-line winds and flooding beginning on April 19, 2011, and continuing.
State and federal officials urge everyone in the affected counties with disaster losses to register with FEMA. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362), go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or use m.fema.gov on a mobile device. Individuals with a speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Telephone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.