Sevier County Residents, Businesses Can Begin Applying for FEMA Assistance

With a federal disaster declaration in place, Sevier County individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the wildfires, during the period of Nov. 28 to Dec. 9, 2016, can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

The federal disaster declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Sevier County. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Dec. 15, 2016, federal disaster assistance will be available to the state of Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by wildfires, from the period of Nov. 28 to Dec. 9, 2016.

The declaration also makes federal funding available to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Sevier County.
Application procedures for local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials.

About the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency: TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders. Follow TEMA on Facebook, TNDisasterInfo, on Twitter, @T_E_M_A and at www.tnema.org.

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