Registration extension approved for disaster assistance in Tennessee
Posted: Monday, June 28, 2010 10:09 pm
NASHVILLE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a request from the State of Tennessee for a 30-day extension of the deadline to register for federal assistance for those affected by the severe storms and flooding between April 30 and May 18.
Tennesseans can now file for Individual Assistance through Aug. 5.
Likewise, the deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration has also been extended through Aug. 5. While no one is required to take out an SBA loan, applications are a key part of the FEMA registration process. A loan denial may open up other assistance to eligible applicants.
“The additional time for disaster survivors to discover the extent of their damage, file for assistance and prepare their claims is important for a full recovery from this storm of historic proportions,” said federal coordinating officer Gracia Szczech.
To date, FEMA has approved more than $141 million in aid to disaster households in the state, while the SBA has approved nearly $89 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
FEMA will also take applications for assistance during the upcoming holiday weekend. Disaster survivors in the counties designated for individual assistance may apply online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for those with speech and hearing disabilities. The helpline operates seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and assistance is available in all languages.
You must register with FEMA to receive federal disaster assistance. Filing damage reports with state or county emergency managers or voluntary agencies will not start the process.
When applying for help, be sure to have the following information available:
• Your current telephone number;
• Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you now are staying;
• Your Social Security number;
• A general list of damages and losses you suffered;
• If insured, the name of your company or agent and your policy number;
• Bank account coding if you wish to speed up your assistance by using direct deposit.
Published in The Messenger 6.28.10