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State-FEMA aid for Tennessee disasters tops $5 million, disaster recovery centers remain open

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NASHVILLE — Tennesseans who suffered losses from the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that hit the Volunteer State over the past month have been approved for more than $5 million in federal help.
More than 8,100 Tennesseans have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance.
As of May 19, the following is a numerical snapshot of disaster recovery:
• $3,496,683 million approved in housing assistance grants to help with recovery rental expenses and home repair costs.
• $881,970 approved to cover essential disaster-related needs, such as funeral expenses and personal property losses.
• $642,900 by the U.S. Small Business Administration approved for low-interest loans to eligible homeowners, renters or business owners.
• 4,431 damaged homes and property have been inspected.
• 4,267 individuals have visited the joint TEMA-FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers that are open in affected counties.
On May 1, a presidential disaster declaration made federal assistance available to eligible individuals in Bledsoe, Bradley, Cocke, Greene, Hamilton, Johnson, McMinn, Monroe, Rhea and Washington counties for help with losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and associated flooding from April 25 to April 28.
On May 9, a presidential disaster declaration made federal funding available to eligible individuals in Dyer, Lake, Obion, Shelby, and Stewart counties for help with losses caused by severe weather storms, straight-line winds and flooding beginning on April 19, 2011, and continuing.
State and federal officials urge everyone in the affected counties with disaster losses to register with FEMA. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Disaster Recovery Centers in East Tennessee counties are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.. They are closed on Sundays.
Representatives from FEMA, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies are staffing the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for assistance.
In Washington County, the recovery center is located at 125 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 11 B in Jonesborough.