Federal Aid for Tennessee Disasters Survivors Nearly $30 Million

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Release date: 
August 5, 2011
Release Number: 
1979-081

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennesseans in 26 counties who suffered losses from the spring storms, tornadoes and floods have been approved for nearly $30 million in federal help.

More than 13,000 survivors have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance. As of Aug. 4, the following is a snapshot of disaster recovery:

  • $15 million has been approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs;
  • $2.7 million has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
  • $12 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners has been approved by the Small Business Administration;
  • 13,200 applicants have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance;
  • 8,777 home inspections have been completed.

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 storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and floods from April 25 to April 28. As of Aug. 4, the following is a summary of recovery in these counties:

  • $6 million has been approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs;
  • $1.4 million has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
  • $7.8 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners has been approved by SBA;
  • 8,524 applicants have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance;
  • 4,752 home inspections have been completed.

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 storms, straight-line winds and floods beginning on April 19 to June 7.

Below is a summary of recovery in West Tennessee:

  • $9 million has been approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs;
  • $1.3 million has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions;
  • $4.2 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners has been approved by SBA;
  • 4,676 applicants have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance;
  • 4,025 home inspections have been completed.

The deadline to register for disaster assistance is Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Survivors can apply 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. Those who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have a speech disability may use TTY 800-462-7585.
  • By computer, go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By smartphone or tablet, use m.fema.gov.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, ag...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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