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Tennessee Disaster Survivors Have One Month Remaining to Register for Assistance

Release date: 
April 3, 2020
Release Number: 
DR-4476-TN NR 017

NASHVILLE – Tennessee disaster survivors have until May 4, 2020 to register with FEMA for assistance. To date, more than $7.5 million in federal assistance has been approved for homeowners, renters and businesses recovering from the March 3 tornadoes.

As of April 2, 436 households in Davidson, Putnam and Wilson counties have been approved for more than $1.3 million in FEMA assistance, including more than $975,000 for housing expenses and $356,000 for other disaster-related needs. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $6.2 million in loans for businesses, homeowners and renters.

FEMA inspectors completed 1,070 home inspections and Disaster Survivor Assistance teams canvassed more than 6,000 homes to provide residents with information and assist with registration. Disaster Recovery Centers received more than 1,500 visits.

Survivors who have uninsured damages from the March 3 tornadoes in Davidson, Putnam and Wilson counties can still register with FEMA in several ways:

  • By visiting DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Downloading the FEMA App for smartphones
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY). Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time.

FEMA continues to coordinate with the State of Tennessee and local jurisdictions to provide all programs designated for recovery from the March 3 tornadoes.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.


FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for medical, dental, funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.


The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. TTY users may also call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit SBA at www.SBA.gov/disaster.

Last Updated: 
April 3, 2020 - 14:43