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FEMA: Deadline’s Passed, But Gov’t Flood Assistance Ongoing

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Aug 10, 2010

NASHVILLE – Even though registration for federal disaster aid for the May storms and floods has ended the assistance picture hasn’t faded to black. Federal and state government agencies aren’t powering down anytime soon.

Persons registered for assistance are strongly encouraged to remain in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Call FEMA’s toll-free Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. Staff is available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Questions can be answered; you can file an appeal and update information on your application.

As individuals affected by the flood move forward, resources listed below remain available.

FEMA may offer rental assistance to eligible applicants for up to 18 months following the declaration of a disaster. If a person still has need for help call FEMA’s toll-free HELPLINE at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired.

Small Business Administration (SBA) will maintain two loan outreach centers in Nashville until further notice. The center in Millington (Shelby County) will cease operation at close of business Aug. 12.

  • Bellevue Church of Christ – 7401 Highway 70 So., Bellevue, TN (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Fifty Forward Bldg. – 174 Rains Rd., Nashville, TN (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Civic Center – 8077 Wilkinsville Rd., Millington, TN (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

SBA Appeals

Anyone who applied for an SBA loan and was denied, or withdrew their application, has six months to request a review or have their application reopened. Anyone with questions related to the SBA can call 800-659-2955.

FEMA Appeals

Applicants who are not satisfied with FEMA’s decision on assistance or have been denied, can call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired. Registered applicants can receive answers to questions and instructions for filing an appeal.

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