17 counties to receive disaster aid

17 counties to receive disaster aid
More than $9.4 million in federal assistance has been approved for 17 counties across Tennessee that suffered losses from recent severe weather, tornadoes and flooding, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The more than $9.4 million includes more than $3.8 million in federal disaster relief funds approved for seven counties across West Tennessee, including Obion County.
More than 9,483 people had registered for disaster assistance in Tennessee as of Thursday, according to FEMA.
Of the more than $9.4 million in federal aid, more than $5.8 million has been approved for housing grants, more than $1.4 million has been approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses and more than $2.1 million in low-interest disaster loans has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Since FEMA opened its Disaster Recovery Centers across storm ravaged areas in the state, 5,644 people have visited the centers and 5,173 home inspections have been completed.
In West Tennessee, nearly $3.3 million has been approved for housing grants, short-term rental assistance and home repair costs, nearly $565,000 has been approved to cover other disaster-related needs.
A total of 3,406 applicants have registered with FEMA for disaster assistance, 1,185 people have visited FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Centers and 2,458 home inspections have been completed.
Obion and Lake counties were two of seven West Tennessee counties included in a presidential declaration, which made federal funds available to storm victims.
There is a FEMA toll-free number available for storm victims seeking recovery assistance, 1-800-621-3362, and assistance is available from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Published in The Messenger 6.1.11

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