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Nearly $10 Million in Federal Disaster Aid Approved for Sevier County Wildfires

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Nearly $10 Million in Federal Disaster Aid Approved for Sevier County Wildfires

Release date: 
February 6, 2017
Release Number: 
DR-4293-TN NR 024

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn--Survivors of the Sevier County wildfires have been approved for nearly $10 million in FEMA disaster assistance and loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
With the looming Feb. 13 deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance, here is a snapshot of the wildfire recovery in Tennessee since the Dec. 15 major disaster declaration.
Except as noted, the figures below are from close of business Feb. 5:
  • Registrations approved for disaster assistance: 401
  • Individuals and Households Program amount approved: nearly $3 million
  • Housing Assistance approved: more than $1.5 million
  • Other Needs Assistance approved: nearly $1.5 million
  • Percentage of housing inspections completed: 99 percent 
SBA loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes totaled: more than $6.8 million, including:
  • more than $4.1 million in loans to homeowners and renters
  • more than $2.7 million in loans to businesses for physical disaster damage and working capital.
  • 1,271 survivor visits to the two disaster recovery centers and the Multi Agency Resource Center established during the recovery.
Federal disaster assistance is available to eligible individuals and households, and to those who were working in or visiting Sevier County between Nov. 28 and Dec. 9 and had disaster-related damage.
Disaster survivors may still register for federal assistance before the Feb. 13 deadline. Here's how:
  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish).
  • Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish).
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Help is available in most languages.
For updates on Tennessee's wildfire response and recovery, follow @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and visit TNEMA.org/MountainTough.org/ and fema.gov/disaster/4293.
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Last Updated: 
February 8, 2017 - 09:20