SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Anyone whose home or business was damaged or destroyed by the wildfires in Sevier County is urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Those affected may be eligible for disaster relief after President Barack Obama declared the incident a major disaster Thursday night.
You can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
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Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other disaster-related serious needs, such as medical and dental expenses, funeral costs, or other necessary expenditures.
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may also be available to homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance.
Sevier County residents should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.
Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster-relief organization.
Applicants will be asked for the following information:
- Name as it appears on Social Security card
- Social Security number
- Address of the damaged home or apartment
- Information about insurance coverage
- A current contact telephone number
- A mailing address
- Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds