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August 9 is Deadline for Tennesseans to Register with FEMA

Tennesseans who suffered losses due to severe spring weather have about six weeks remaining to apply for assistance. August 9 is the last day the Federal Emergency Management Agency will accept applications for individual assistance.

State and federal officials continue to encourage anyone with damage or other losses in the disaster-designated counties to register. “You may think you don’t need assistance, but you could later have disaster related losses,” said TEMA Director James H. Bassham “Registration with FEMA is free. It’s better to get your name in the system before the August 9 deadline. After that date, it will be too late.” 

There are two separate disaster declarations for Tennessee. The August 9 registration deadline applies to both. 

Severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and associated flooding April 25-28. 

The counties included in this disaster (DR-1974) are Bledsoe, Bradley, Carroll, Cocke, Crockett, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Johnson, Knox, Madison, McMinn, Monroe, Montgomery, Rhea and Washington.

Severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and associated flooding April 19-June 7.

The counties included in this disaster (DR-1979) are Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Lauderdale, Lincoln, Obion, Shelby, Stewart and Tipton.

“We are here to provide all authorized assistance to every eligible survivor of these disasters,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer W. Montague Winfield, the official in charge of FEMA’s work in Tennessee. “We can only fulfill this mission if eligible Tennesseans register before the August 9 deadline.”

To get help from FEMA and to register for assistance, individuals and business owners are encouraged to call the Helpline, 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. The TTY number is 800-462-7585. Or go online to or on a smartphone or tablet. 

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

FEMA's housing assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants for medical, dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be considered for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.  Applicants who do not qualify for a SBA loan may be eligible to receive Other Needs Assistance grants for these items. 

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