Federal Aid for Tennessee Disasters Survivors Nears $25 Million

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Release date: 
July 8, 2011
Release Number: 
1974-101

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennesseans in 26 counties who suffered losses from the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding have been approved for almost $25 million in federal help.

More than 12,000 survivors have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance. The following is a snapshot of the statewide disaster recovery effort as of July 6.

  • $12.6 million approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs;
  • $2.5 million approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
  • $9.7 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration;
  • 12,142 applicants registered with FEMA for disaster assistance;
  • 8,874 visits to disaster recovery centers;
  • 7,969 home inspections completed.

May 1 Presidential Declaration Update

On May 1, a presidential disaster declaration made federal assistance available to eligible individuals in Bledsoe, Bradley, Carroll, Cocke, Crockett, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Johnson, Knox, Madison, McMinn, Monroe, Montgomery, 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. As of July 6, the following is a summary of their recovery:

  • $4.8 million approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs;
  • $1.2 million approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
  • $7.1 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners approved by SBA;
  • 7,786 applicants registered with FEMA for disaster assistance;
  • 6,379 visits to disaster recovery centers;
  • 4,242 home inspections completed.

May 9 Presidential Declaration Update

On May 9, a presidential declaration made federal funding available to survivors in the West Tennessee counties of Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Lauderdale, Lincoln, Obion, Shelby, Stewart and Tipton for help with losses caused by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding from April 19 to June 7.

Below is a summary of their recovery:

  • $7.8 million approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs;
  • $1.3 million approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
  • $2.6 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners approved by SBA;
  • 4,356 applicants registered with FEMA for disaster assistance;
  • 2,495 visits to disaster recovery centers;
  • 3,727 home inspections completed.

The deadline to register with FEMA for disaster assistance is Aug. 9. You can do so the following ways:

  • By phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. Assistance is available in many languages. The TTY line is 800-462-7585.
  • By computer, go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By smartphone or ...
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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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