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One Month Remains to Register for FEMA Assistance in Bradley, Hamilton Counties

Release date: 
May 22, 2020
Release Number: 
FEMA-4541-DR-TN NR 012

NASHVILLE –Disaster survivors in Bradley and Hamilton counties have until June 23, 2020 to register with FEMA for assistance. To date, more than $4 million in federal grants and disaster loans have been approved for homeowners, renters and businesses recovering from the April 12-13 tornadoes.

As of May 21, Bradley and Hamilton counties have 272 households approved for more than $1 million in FEMA assistance, including more than $810,000 for housing expenses and $253,000 for other disaster-related needs. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $3 million in loans for businesses, homeowners and renters.

Survivors who have uninsured damages from the April tornadoes in Bradley and Hamilton counties can 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 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT.

June 23, 2020 also is the deadline to apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest disaster loans for physical property damage. The deadline for economic injury applications is Jan. 25, 2021.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance. Applicants may also call a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center/Business Recovery Center for assistance at: 571-422-1925, 571-422-6016 or 404-909-1535. Or they may email FOCE-Help@SBA.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

For more information on Tennessee recovery, visit the FEMA disaster web page, www.fema.gov/disaster/4541  and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency website, www.tn.gov/content/tn/tema.html

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.


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: 
May 22, 2020 - 10:09