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Over $2.8 million in federal aid awarded to Tennessee residents after storms

Devon Williams

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NASHVILLE, TN — Over $2.8 million in federal aid has been awarded to homeowners and renters in Davidson, Williamson, and Wilson counties to assist them in recovering from storms, tornadoes, and flooding from March 25 to April 3.

The federal declaration issued on May 8 allows those in the designated counties affected by the spring storms to apply for disaster assistance for temporary rental assistance and basic repairs to make homes safe, accessible, and secure.

Survivors may be eligible for aid for storm-related uninsured and underinsured damage and losses. FEMA is unable to duplicate benefits.

So far, over $880,000 in FEMA grants have been awarded to individuals and households, and over $1.98 million in low-interest disaster loans from the US Small Business Administration have been made available to homeowners and renters.

Loans may also be available to businesses of all sizes and some nonprofit organizations to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance.

There are several ways to apply for FEMA assistance, as listed below:

  • Download the FEMA mobile app. For more information, visit fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov for more information.
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for assistance (TTY 800-462-7585). Lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time and have multilingual operators. Those who use a relay service, such as a videophone, InnoCaption, or CapTel, should provide FEMA with the phone number associated with that service.

The deadline for applying for federal disaster assistance is July 7.

For more information on SBA loans, visit Disasterloan.sba.gov, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.

For more information on disaster recovery in Tennessee, go to www.tn.gov/tema.html and www.fema.gov/disaster/4601.

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