NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Disaster Recovery Centers are closing in Bradley and Hamilton counties after weeks of helping survivors of the recent storms, tornadoes and flooding.
The official closing time for both centers is 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 25, 2011. The closures do not mean federal assistance is at an end, however. Help is still just a phone call or mouse click away.
Individuals can register with FEMA or ask questions about an existing application by calling FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. The TTY number is 800-462-7585. Or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through smartphone or tablet to m.fema.gov.
For information about U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations, call 800-659-2955. The TTY number is 800-877-8339. Online, go to www.sba.gov.
Individuals also may visit other Tennessee Disaster Recovery Centers after those in Bradley and Hamilton counties close. To find a list of locations, go online to www.fema.gov/drclocator.
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.
FEMA's housing assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants for medical, dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be considered for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. Applicants who do not qualify for a SBA loan may be eligible to receive Other Needs Assistance grants for these items.