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FEMA assistance available in county, other opportunities for help

FEMA assistance now available in county
A disaster recovery center has opened at 125 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 11B, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes.
The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies will be onhand to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply.
Before going to a center, people with storm losses are encouraged to register with FEMA by calling 800-621-3362 or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Ruritan clubs accepting donations for Greene, Washington counties
Davy Crockett District Ruritan clubs are accepting donations to aid those affected by the tornadoes in Greene and Washington Counties.
Your tax-deductivle donation will be 100 percent donated to the county you specify. Be sure to make a notation on the chedk for which county — Greene or Washington — you want it to be donated to as well as the letters “OWC,” which stands for Operation We Care.
Checks can be made payable to:
Ruritan National Foundation
P. O. Box 487
Dublin, Virginia 24084
For more information, contact Patsy Shelton, District Governor at (423) 525-5111.

Workers in four counties eligible for disaster unemployment assistance
NASHVILLE – Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are available to workers in Bradley, Greene, Hamilton, and Washington counties who are out of work as a direct result of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and associated flooding for the incident period of April 25 to April 28.
The declaration number is FEMA-1974-DR.
“Since 1974, the federal government has been authorized to provide financial assistance to individuals who are unemployed as a direct result of a declared major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits,” said
Commissioner Davis. “This agency stands ready to promptly administer this special program to our fellow Tennesseans in need.”
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the program on behalf of the federal government. According to Commissioner Davis, persons unemployed as a direct result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and
associated flooding must file their claim for DUA benefits within 30 days of this announcement.
Individuals who are not covered for regular unemployment benefits may qualify for disaster unemployment benefits. This includes self-employed workers and others not covered by the state unemployment insurance program whose source of income has
been interrupted by the disaster damage.
If possible, individuals should have access to their 2010 income tax return, social security number, and any papers with wage and employment information prior to the disaster.
Weekly DUA benefit amounts are determined in the same way as regular unemployment benefits. Benefits range from $112 to $275 per week and are payable up to 26 weeks after the day of declaration, which was May 1. DUA benefits will end if
unemployment is no longer the direct result of the disaster.
If your unemployment claim is a direct result of the disaster, do not file your unemployment claim by the Internet to avoid delays.
Persons who are unemployed as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and associated flooding for the incident period of April 25, 2011, to April 28, 2011, who need to file a Tennessee unemployment claim or DUA claim may call
615-253-0800, extension 7599, or 1-866-331-1271, extension 7599, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or report in person to one of the following Tennessee Career Centers.
The Tennessee Career Center at 2515 Wesley St. in Johnson City takes mass lack-of-work claims on Mondays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.
For updates, visit www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/.

ETSU establishes Web site to assist victims of tornadoes
East Tennessee State University has established a website that provides information on ways support may be extended to the people of Washington and Greene counties who were affected by the April 27 storms that produced heavy hail,
damaging winds and tornadoes.
This site, www.etsu.edu/response, encourages visitors to assist in several ways.
A number of ETSU families were affected by the storms, and the university's Staff Senate is seeking contributions to assist these families. All donations will be equally divided among the families.
The American Red Cross is also accepting donations that may be designated to remain in the Greene County and/or Washington County areas.
In addition, the Emergency Management Agency of Greeneville and Greene County and Harris Memorial Rural Baptist Church are accepting donations for Greene County storm victims, and Freewill Baptist Family Ministries Children's home, located near
Camp Creek Elementary School, is taking donations of various emergency supplies.
Contact information for all these agencies is available on the ETSU Response website, along with a listing of the emergency supplies that are needed.

FWB Family Ministries appointed official disaster relief/donation center
The campus of FWB Family Ministries and the grounds of Camp Creek Elementary school will serve as the official site for the disaster relief center in the Camp Creek Community.
FWB Family Ministries is located at 90 Stanley Lane, Greeneville.
Due to the massive destruction from last week’s F3 Tornado that touched down in Camp Creek, Free Will Baptist Family Ministries and many, many emergency responders, volunteers, supporters, and rescue units have answered the call in the community by providing shelter, food and water to those in need, after the massive storm. Family Ministries plans to continue its efforts in helping friends, family, and neighbors in the surrounding communities during this time of need.
Items needed for drop off donations include:
Gatorade, vitamin water
Easy to open canned foods
Sleeping bags
Tents
Blankets
Pillows
Towels
Disposable Wipes
Paper goods (paper plates, plastic eating utensils, paper towels, toilet
paper)
Trash bags
Rakes, Shovels, Wheel barrels, flashlights, batteries, candles,
Personal hygiene items
(toothpaste,toothbrushes,mouthwash,deodorant,hairspray,combs, brushes)
Totes

Please do NOT bring:CLOTHES, FURNITURE OR WATER to this location.
Flag Branch Church of God located on the 107 cutoff in Greene County is taking clothing. Contact the church at 638-6521.
For more information about FWB’s relief efforts, contact Pam Johnson at 639-9449 or visit www.fwbfm.com for updates.