New Disaster Recovery Centers Open For Tennessee Tornado Survivors

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Release Date: May 11, 2011 Release Number: 1974-007

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Five new disaster recovery centers have opened in Tennessee to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. The centers 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, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will staff the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply. Recovery specialists also can help disaster survivors with referrals to other assistance programs.

Federal-state disaster assistance can include grants for rental assistance and home repairs, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals recover from the disaster.

Newly opened disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Bledsoe County:
Brayton Baptist Church
2827 Graysville Road
Graysville, Tenn. 37338

Johnson County:
Johnson Chamber Park
5379 Highway 67 W
Mountain City, Tenn. 37683

Rhea County:
Evensville Fire Hall
801 Eagle Lane
Evensville, Tenn. 37332

McMinn County:
Claxton Volunteer Fire Department
1711 County Road 750
Athens, Tenn. 37303

Cocke County:
Newport Community Center
433 Prospect Avenue
Newport, Tenn. 37821

Disaster recovery centers are also located at:

Bradley County:
10 Church St. NE #1
Cleveland, Tenn. 37311

Hamilton County:
Hulsey Wellness Centers (Southern Adventist University)
4870 University Drive
Collegedale, Tenn. 37363

Greene County:
Camp Creek Elementary School
2941 Camp Creek Road.
Greeneville, Tenn. 37743

Washington County:
125 East Jackson Blvd.
Suite 11B
Jonesborough, Tenn. 37659

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm losses are encouraged to register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT, or online at Help is available in most languages. Those with speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585.

Persons affected by the storms can also apply for federal assistance through a web-enabled mobile device or Smartphone. Visit and follow the link to "apply online for federal assistance."

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Modified: Thursday, 12-May-2011 16:25:36