Deadline set for FEMA assistance for property owners hit by flooding
Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 9:05 pm
Residents who sustained damage from the spring storms and floods in Tennessee have until Thursday to register for federal disaster assistance.
Renters, homeowners and business owners are encouraged to apply by the deadline.
“FEMA urges anyone who has not registered for disaster assistance to do so now,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia B. Szczech of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Federal grants and low-interest loans are available to help you recover, but you must register before the Aug. 5 deadline to be eligible.”
Federal grants are available for housing assistance, repairing and replacing essential personal property, and other serious disaster-related needs.
“People throughout Middle and West Tennessee have received money to repair homes, pay rent and replace property since the flooding in April,” said Director James H. Bassham of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). “Many more people may be eligible but have not registered. If you sustained damage due to the disaster, register now, before time runs out.”
The deadline to complete and return a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application for physical damage to homes, personal property and businesses is also Aug. 5. SBA loans are the largest source of disaster funds to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property or for making substantial repairs or rebuilding damaged structures. The low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, non-profits and businesses of all sizes.
There are several ways you can apply for federal disaster assistance now:
• Call FEMA’s Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 any day of the week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
• Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov; or
• Use your mobile phone by visiting m.fema.gov.
Federal assistance to Tennesseans has totaled more than $293 million, including more than $153 million in FEMA grants and $140 million in low-interest loans from the SBA.
Published in The Messenger 8.2.10