Emergency agencies team up to help tornado victims

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HENDERSON CO., Tenn. —Tornadoes destroyed thousands of homes across Tennessee last month and now recovery assistance is being offered to storm victims.

On January 14, Tennessee received a major disaster declaration, providing FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program to 12 counties in central and western Tennessee affected by tornadoes in December 2021.

“We at TEMA worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and six jurisdictions or counties affected by the tornadoes in early December to open resource centers,” said Dean Flener, TEMA’s general manager for external relations. .

These six resource centers are all in areas affected by the storm, there are federal, state and local agencies in each center providing in-person assistance to those in need.

“Things like applying for individual FEMA programs, they can also get information from the Small Business Administration on the disaster loan program, it’s just a place for those affected to go and get information. ‘help,” Flener said.

When you come to the resource centers, be sure to take your ID before leaving the house. Representatives can help you start your program application the same day you arrive.

“If you’ve made purchases, if you’ve documented losses, you should also bring that information with you,” Flener said.

If you live in one of the 12 counties affected by the storms, you can go to one of the 6 resource centers, whether you are a resident or not.

“If you were in Davidson County and you wanted help and you didn’t want to go to Davidson County, you can go to Henderson County. So you don’t have to reside in the county where the resource center is open,” Flener said.

The six resource centers will be open daily, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For now, there is no specific date for the end of the services, but you don’t want to wait until it’s too late.

To find the location of the resource centers, you can visit the “Seen on 7” section of our website.

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