US President Biden approves Tennessee disaster declaration
Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. said that a major disaster existed in the state of Tennessee and ordered federal assistance to complement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a severe storm and flooding on August 21, 2021.
The President’s Action makes federal funding available to those affected in Humphreys 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 catastrophe.
Federal funding is also available for eligible states and local governments and certain private non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protection measures in Humphreys County.
Finally, federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for state-wide risk mitigation measures.
Deanne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, has appointed Myra M. Shird as the federal coordinator of federal recovery operations in affected areas.
Damage assessments are continuing in other regions, and additional counties and forms of assistance may be designated once assessments are fully completed.
Residents and business owners who have suffered losses in designated counties can start seeking help tomorrow by registering online at https://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing impaired and hard of hearing. Toll free numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice.