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Local FEMA storm recovery centers to stay open until April 5th

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Tennessee survivors of the Feb. 29 to March 2 tornadoes in Bradley, Cumberland, Hamilton, McMinn and Monroe counties have until 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5 to visit the disaster recovery centers.

Victims in DeKalb, Jackson and Overton counties have until 6 p.m., Monday, April 2, while the center in Claiborne County will be open until 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.    
 
Specialists are currently available at the centers to help survivors with specific questions and in completing FEMA registration or SBA low-interest disaster loan applications. This one-on-one help is available to homeowners, renters, businesses and qualified nonprofits.

Survivors are urged to visit the centers while they remain open. Center hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Representatives from the state, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain assistance programs and help survivors register for disaster aid.

If possible, before visiting a disaster recovery center, people with storm losses should register with FEMA. Registering can take as little as 15 to 30 minutes.

After Thursday, help is still just a phone call away.  

Survivors can use any of the following methods:
1.    Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) which is video relay service accessible. Help is available in most languages. People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585.
2.    Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
3.    Register using a tablet or smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov.

Representatives of the SBA are available at the recovery center to help survivors with applications for low-interest disaster loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Survivors waiting to receive an SBA application are encouraged to obtain one at the recovery centers while they remain open.  They can also apply to SBA before insurance is settled.
 
The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center toll-free number is 800-659-2955 or (TTY) 800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Help is also available by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or by going online at www.sba.gov  where an application can be downloaded.

Loan applications can be completed online at SBA's website: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

The deadline to register with FEMA and return SBA loan applications is May 15.

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