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FEMA Deadline has Passed but Help is Still Available

Release Date Release Number
NR 20
Release Date:
October 27, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance for the August storms and flooding has passed, but FEMA continues working with our state and local partners to help survivors and communities recover. FEMA encourages applicants to keep in touch to track their case. Residents who believe the assistance they received for repairs is not enough are encouraged to contact FEMA to submit an appeal. Survivors may be asked to submit repair estimates, receipts or other documentation that explains their case.  Survivors should also notify the agency of additional damage discovered to their home since their inspection. They should also update mailing or email addresses or phone numbers and the status of their insurance settlements.

Survivors can contact the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585 or go online at DisasterAssistance.gov to keep FEMA updated or for follow-up questions. Those who have had damage and still have not applied due to extenuating circumstances can call the Helpline to see if it’s still possible to register.

As of Oct. 25, 2021:

  • More than $6.7 million in FEMA assistance has been distributed to 2,499 households. Of that: over $5 million was awarded for housing assistance and $1.7 million for other needs, which includes personal property.     
  • SBA has approved over $8.1 million in low-interest disaster loans for 119 homeowners and $1.2 million for 10 businesses.

Homeowners, renters and businesses who have applied for a low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration can follow-up with questions at SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) email: DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.

Other Disaster Assistance Still Available

Legal Services: Residents with legal issues due to the storms, including landlord-tenant issues or insurance issues, may call 844-HELP4TN (844-435-7486) or ask questions online at https://tn.freelegalanswers.org/. Additionally, survivors can access information about their rights and resources, including links to upcoming legal clinics, and local resources at https://www.help4tn.org/

  • Mental Health services: Survivors in need of crisis counseling may receive assistance by contacting the following organizations:
    • Tennessee Statewide Crisis Phone line at 855-274-7471 or Text TN to 741741, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • The Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or Text TalkWithUs to 6674
    • Centerstone Behavioral Health at 800-681-7444
    •  For more information visit: Middle Tennessee Flooding Recovery (tn.gov)  
  • Voluntary Organizations: Survivors who need donated furniture, clothing or other resources can reach out to:
    • Voluntary Resource Center
    • 515 W Maine ST, Waverly, TN
    • Or call 931-888-8011
    • The center is open Monday-Saturday from 8 am t0 4:30 pm  

For more information on Tennessee’s disaster recovery, visit www.tn.gov/tema.html and www.fema.gov/disaster/4609. You may also follow FEMA on www.facebook.com/fema and Twitter @FEMARegion4.

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Last updated October 27, 2021