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FEMA Disaster Grants Won’t Affect Social Security or Other Benefits

 

NASHVILLE – Applying for federal disaster assistance from FEMA will not affect other federal benefits that Tennessee disaster survivors may receive.

Residents in Davidson, Putnam and Wilson counties who register with FEMA may have questions about whether funds from FEMA might cause them to lose other federal payments to which they are entitled.

Understanding Your FEMA Letter

NASHVILLE – Tennessee residents who applied for assistance from FEMA after sustaining damage in the March 3 severe storms and tornadoes will receive a letter from FEMA in the mail or via email.

The letter will explain the application status and how to respond. It is important to read the letter carefully as it will include the amount of any assistance FEMA may provide and information on the appropriate use of disaster assistance funds.

Benton, Carroll, Smith Counties Eligible for FEMA Public Assistance

NASHVILLE – Federal assistance has been extended to three more Tennessee counties hit by the March 3 tornadoes and storms, covering eligible disaster-related expenses and the repair or rebuilding of critical infrastructure.

It’s Important to Return SBA Loan Application

NASHVILLE – After you apply for disaster assistance from FEMA, you may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). If you receive an SBA disaster loan application, you should fill it out and return it.

If your application is approved, you are not obligated to accept an SBA loan. But failure to return the application will disqualify you from other possible FEMA assistance, such as disaster-related car repairs, clothing, household items and other expenses.

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Lebanon

NASHVILLE – The State of Tennessee and FEMA have opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Lebanon.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses affected by the March 3 severe storms and tornadoes. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the state and other interests are at the center to talk about available assistance and provide referrals to help with recovery.

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State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Will Open in Mt. Juliet

NASHVILLE – The State of Tennessee and FEMA will open a Disaster Recovery Center in Mt. Juliet at 9 a.m. today, March 20.

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses affected by the March 3 severe storms and tornadoes. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the state and other interests will be at the center to talk about available assistance and provide referrals to help with recovery.

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FEMA Help Available Online, by Phone, by Smartphone App, as Well as In Person

NASHVILLE – Homeowners and renters in Davidson, Putnam and Wilson counties with losses from the recent tornadoes and storms can contact FEMA in many ways.

Survivors can apply online for disaster assistance, such as grants to help pay for temporary housing and home repairs, by creating an account at DisasterAssistance.gov or downloading the FEMA App for smartphones.

Renters Can Apply for FEMA Assistance

NASHVILLE – Renters in Davidson, Putnam and Wilson counties whose homes and property were damaged by the tornadoes and severe storms March 3 can apply for federal disaster assistance.

FEMA Individual Assistance is available to renters, including students, as well as homeowners. Federal grants can help pay for temporary housing. The initial rental grant is for a 60-day period and can be reviewed for further assistance. The deadline to register for federal aid is May 4, 2020.

FEMA Urges Survivors to Guard Against Identity Theft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – FEMA is aware of several cases of reported identity theft involving survivors of the severe storms and tornadoes in Tennessee March 3. The agency is cooperating in the investigation.

Disaster survivors who tried to register with FEMA discovered someone had already registered using their name.

After a disaster, fraud can be a problem. Scammers may contact survivors who have not registered with FEMA and try to extract money or information. When this happens, it is likely the survivor’s personal data has been compromised.

Many Resources Available for Tennessee Disaster Survivors

NASHVILLE – One week after the federal disaster declaration, many resources are in place to help Tennesseans recovering from the March 3 tornadoes and severe storms.

Four Disaster Recovery Centers are open in addition to two Mobile Registration Intake Centers. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams have visited more than 2,700 homes in affected communities to provide information about disaster assistance.