Federal Aid for Tennessee Disasters Survivors Tops $23.6 Million

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Release date: 
July 1, 2011
Release Number: 
1974-087

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennesseans in 17 counties who suffered losses from the recent severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding have been approved for more than $23.6 million in federal help.

More than 11,871 survivors have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance. At close of business June 29, 2011, the following is a snapshot of disaster recovery:

  • More than $11.9 million has been approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs;
  • More than $2.4 million has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
  • More than $9.3 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration;
  • 11,871 applicants have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance;
  • 8,720 people have visited Disaster Recovery Centers;
  • 7,753 home inspections have been completed.

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. As of June 29, the following is a summary of recovery in these counties:

  • More than $4.6 million has been approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs;
  • More than $1.2 million has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
  • More than $6.9 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners has been approved by SBA;
  • 7,582 applicants have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance;
  • 6,288 people have visited Disaster Recovery Centers;
  • 4,087 home inspections have been completed.

On May 9, a presidential declaration made federal funding available to survivors in the West Tennessee counties of Dyer, Lake, Obion, Shelby, and Stewart for help with losses caused by severe weather storms, straight-line winds and flooding beginning on April 19, 2011, and continuing. On May 26, Gibson and Lauderdale counties were added to the other counties previously designated for federal funding to aid individuals impacted by the disaster.

Below is a summary of recovery in West Tennessee:

  • More than $7.3 million has been approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs;
  • More than $1.2 million has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
  • More than $2.4 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners has been approved by SBA;
  • 4,289 applicants have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance;
  • 2,432 people have visited Disaster Recovery Centers;
  • 3,666 home inspections have been completed.

The first step for individuals and businesses toward obtaining recovery assistance is to register with FEMA:

  • By phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. Assistance is available in many languages. Those who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have a speech disability may use TTY 800-462-7585.
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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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