One day left to register for flood disaster assistance

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 7:21pm
Staff reports

It’s not too late to apply for federal disaster assistance for damage sustained from the spring storms and floods in Nashville and across Middle Tennessee.

Residents have one more day to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency grants or loans from the Small Business Administration. The deadline for both is 10 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5.

"I encourage all Tennesseans who have suffered flood losses and have not registered to make this a priority," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. "Applicants are considered for a full range of benefits, and we want to ensure everyone with disaster-caused damage receives the assistance for which they are eligible."

Federal grants are available for housing assistance, repairing and replacing essential personal property, and other disaster-related needs.

"Even if your losses were minimal, to find out if you are eligible for disaster grants and other services you must sign up by Thursday," said Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Director James Bassham. "Do not disqualify yourself by failing to register."

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.

To apply, call FEMA's helpline at 800-621-FEMA from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov

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