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Tennessee Storms Weekly Fact Sheet

Monday, June 07, 2021 | 03:24pm

Residents of Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties have until July 7 to apply for FEMA disaster assistance if they had losses from the storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred March 25 through April 3.

KEY MESSAGES

  • While the Multi-Agency Recovery Center in Davidson County is no longer open, Tennessee residents affected by the spring storms in Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties can still apply for federal assistance through July 7: Tennessee storm survivors are encouraged to apply to FEMA if they have uninsured losses or damage from the storms. The federal government cannot restore everything you may have lost. But you may be able to recover faster with money from FEMA to help cover costs for basic repairs to make your home safe, accessible and secure.
  • Ways to apply: Visit DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA app to a smartphone or tablet or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). The Helpline is your go to resource for answers to questions about your application or to update FEMA on your current housing situation. Lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time. If you use a relay service, such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel, update FEMA with the specific number assigned to that service.
  • Remote Inspections: To protect the safety and health of disaster survivors and FEMA workers, the agency is conducting remote inspections of homes reported to be severely damaged by the storms. Remote inspections are conducted by telephone or internet streaming service. These inspections are comparable to traditional, in-person assessments. 
  • Rental Assistance Available: Residents of Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties whose homes were made unsafe or uninhabitable by the storms may be eligible for temporary rental assistance from FEMA.
  • Rental assistance may be used to lease a house, apartment or manufactured home. It does not have to be repaid.
  • To be considered for temporary rental assistance, homeowners and renters must have been displaced from their primary residence because it became uninhabitable due to storm damage.  
  • SBA Loans:  Low interest, long-term disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration help homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and some nonprofit organizations recover. FEMA may refer assistance applicants to SBA. Submitting an SBA loan application is a necessary step to being considered for some forms of disaster assistance.
  • Beware of Fraud: After a disaster, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals sometimes try to take advantage of disaster survivors. Federal and Tennessee emergency management officials urge residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity such as people pretending to be FEMA employees. All FEMA representatives carry a laminated badge and have your FEMA registration number.

FEMA’s Individuals & Households Program, as of June 6, 2021

Housing Assistance: $381,579

Rental Assistance: $428,928

Other Needs Assistance: $70,091

Total $ Approved Individuals & Households Program: $880,598

Total Registrations: 1,096

U.S. Small Business Administration, as of June 6, 2021

Total Loans Approved: 57

Total $ Approved: $1.9 million

  • You may apply for a disaster loan online using SBA’s secure website at https://DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov/ela/s/. Email FOCE-Help@SBA.gov to set up a phone appointment for assistance with your disaster loan application.  
  • You may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. The center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time, seven days a week. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 800-877-8339.

For more information on Tennessee’s disaster recovery, visit www.tn.gov/tema.html and www.fema.gov/disaster/4601. You may also follow FEMA on www.facebook.com/fema and Twitter @FEMARegion4.