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2017-02-15 16:33 - News Release

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.--The deadline for registering with FEMA for disaster assistance for the Sevier County wildfires has passed, but that does not mean recovery efforts have ended or that FEMA is leaving Tennessee.Debris removal efforts are ongoing in Sevier County and FEMA continues to work with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to help survivors and the community recover.

2017-02-13 20:23 - News Release

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.--In the weeks after disaster strikes, the path to recovery can pose many uncertainties. Something as routine as waking up for work or as pressing as completing home repairs can become daunting.For disaster survivors who find themselves fatigued, short-tempered, suffering from depression, loss of appetite, hopelessness or sleeplessness, FEMA has paired with the State of Tennessee to offer free crisis counseling services until March 13.

2017-02-09 19:40 - News Release

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.--Survivors of the Sevier County wildfires have until Monday to register with FEMA for disaster assistance.Even though the Gatlinburg disaster recovery center, where applicants get information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, ends operations at 6 p.m. Friday, applicants can still get questions answered or update their information. They are encouraged to stay in touch by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) or accessing their account online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

2017-02-08 14:18 - News Release

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.-- The Gatlinburg disaster recovery center will end operations Friday but survivors of the Sevier County wildfires still have until Monday to register with FEMA for disaster assistance.The recovery center will operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week and end operations at close of business Friday.Location:       

2017-02-08 14:15 - News Release

 SEVIERVILLE, Tenn--Survivors of the Sevier County wildfires have been approved for nearly $10 million in FEMA disaster assistance and loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.With the looming Feb. 13 deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance, here is a snapshot of the wildfire recovery in Tennessee since the Dec. 15 major disaster declaration.Except as noted, the figures below are from close of business Feb. 5:

2017-02-06 17:32 - News Release

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.-- Survivors who were referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration for assistance after the Sevier County wildfires have until Feb. 13 to complete and submit SBA’s loan application.Some survivors who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance were contacted by the SBA with information on the agency’s low-interest disaster loans as well as instructions on how to complete the loan application.SBA disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations,

2017-01-30 20:32 - News Release

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. --Survivors needing disaster assistance for damage from the Sevier County wildfires are encouraged to register soon. Time is running out.Federal disaster assistance is available to eligible individuals and households and those who were working in or visiting Sevier County and were affected by the Nov. 28-Dec. 9 wildfires. The deadline to register for disaster assistance is Monday, Feb. 13.

2017-01-27 19:44 - News Release

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.-- Survivors of the Sevier County wildfires will not lose Social Security benefits, pay additional taxes or give up income-based benefit programs if they accept federal disaster assistance.This includes homeowners, renters and businesses that were affected by the Nov. 28-Dec. 9 wildfires and registered for disaster assistance.In most cases, recovery officials say, the Social Security Administration does not count federal disaster aid as income.A few questions often emerge following a federal disaster declaration:

2017-01-27 17:51 - News Release

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. --Survivors who received temporary rental help from FEMA in the aftermath of the Sevier County wildfires are encouraged to request an additional temporary rental grant if they can demonstrate their need still exists.Those who received temporary rental assistance also received a “Continued Temporary Housing Assistance” letter and application. The form, which is mailed to applicants who receive an initial rental assistance grant, explains how to request additional temporary rental assistance.

2017-01-20 14:33 - News Release

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — The Pigeon Forge disaster recovery center will end operations Monday, Jan.