Flood Recovery: In the Aftermath of the Disaster
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FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Centers in Tennessee, Registrations Near 50,000 in Tennessee
The recent storms and record-setting flooding in Tennessee have been met by a robust response from the state of Tennessee and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. So far, almost 900 federal employees from across the country are now working to meet the needs of disaster survivors. Nearly $113 million in disaster grants and low-interest loans have been approved since the major disaster declaration May 4, 2010, enabling Tennesseans to repair and rebuild. In the 45 counties that have been designated for individual assistance, almost 50,000 people have already registered with FEMA through the 800-621-FEMA (3362) helpline or online atwww.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Here's a by-the-numbers look at the disaster recovery to date:
$110 million in federal assistance has been approved ($98.2 million in housing assistance such as rental and home repair assistance, and $11.8 million in other needs assistance such as personal property lost due to the storm).
48,978 people have registered with FEMA for Individual Assistance, (15,291 on the Web; 33,687 through the Call Center.)$2.9 million in loans has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
137 Community Relations specialists are going door to door in communities across the state making sure families are registered to get the support they need.
28 Disaster Recovery Centers.
Several Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) operated by the state of Tennessee and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are opened for those affected by severe storms and flooding that started on April 30. The DRCs are located at the following locations:
100 Oaks Mall (near the Hollywood 27 Theatre)
Nashville, TN 37204
Tennessee State University Ford Complex Communications Building
2620 West Heiman St.
Nashville, TN 32709
Hartman Park Community Center
2801 Tucker Road
Nashville, TN 37218
Pegram City Hall
308 Highway 70
Pegram, TN 37143
Franklin City Hall
109 Third Ave.
Williamson, TN 37064
Centerville Community Church of Christ
Centerville, TN 37033
Montgomery County Civic Hall
350 Pageant Lane
Clarksville, TN 37040
Volunteer State Community College
Wood Campus Center (2nd Floor)
1480 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066
Old Smyrna Police Dept
315 S. Lowry Street
Smyrna, TN 37167
Prime Outlets of Lebanon #35
1 Outlet Village Blvd.
Lebanon, TN 37090
The centers are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week until further notice. Disaster officials ask that before visiting the centers, people first register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling
800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for those with speech and hearing disabilities. Help in all languages is available. Once registered, staff at the recovery center can check an individual's case, answer questions about claims, or review information needed to process their claim. Recovery specialists also can supply contacts for other programs that may be able to help.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) representatives will be at the disaster centers to answer any questions about the SBA low-interest disaster loan program for homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations of all sizes. These loans are to repair or replace real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storms and flooding.
Representatives will help complete and accept SBA disaster loan applications. Anyone not able to go to a DRC should call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday or Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., toll-free at 800-659-2955 for information and assistance, or visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of disaster recovery loan packages returned by flood survivors is alarmingly low, according to recovery officials. More than 23,500 loan applications from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have been sent to Tennessee households who have applied for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) registration line. Of those, only 664 loan applications have been returned.
What individuals may not know is that the SBA disaster loan application is absolutely essential to their recovery. Low interest loans from the SBA are the primary funding source to assist eligible homeowners to return their property to its pre-disaster condition.
If you have questions about the SBA loan process, you can talk with SBA representatives at any open Disaster Recovery Center. Applicants can also turn in their loan package at any DRC. Representatives of the SBA will send completed applications overnight to the SBA office for processing.
Interest rates as low as 2.75 percent for homeowners and renters and as low as 4 percent for businesses, coupled with payment terms as long as 30 years, are intended to make the loans affordable. Being approved for a loan does not obligate applicants to accept it. And for those who do not qualify for a loan, additional FEMA assistance may be available. Homeowners can borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters can borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property.
Homeowners, renters, non-profit organizations and businesses of all sizes can apply for SBA loans to pay for recovery costs not covered by insurance or other sources. People with home-based businesses or rental property who have been affected by the floods may also be eligible for SBA loans. Before applying for a SBA loan, you must register with FEMA either online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with speech and hearing disabilities. The toll-free numbers are staffed every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Soles4Souls to Donate 85,000 Pairs of New Shoes to Help Neighbors in Nashville Recover from Flood
Shoe charity shares plans for long-term support of Middle Tennessee in regional relief project
Soles4Souls Inc., the shoe charity, usually responds to natural disasters around the world. Today, however, the charity is working overtime to provide free shoes, water and other items to people in its hometown of Nashville. Heavy rains and floodwaters caused 30 deaths and ruined thousands of homes in Middle Tennessee.
Soles4Souls unveiled a three-stage relief plan, beginning with a massive distribution of 85,000 new pairs of shoes at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. On Monday, May 10, from 3pm - 7pm, staff and volunteers from Soles4Souls will be at the Fairgrounds providing free shoes to anyone in need. On Tuesday, May 12, the Fairgrounds will be open from 10am - 2pm. On both days, the distribution will be held under the Show Arena Pavilion and will feature men's, women's and children's shoes.
"This is shaping up to be the worst natural disaster in Nashville's history, and we are committing all available resources and manpower to help our friends and neighbors get back on their feet," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. "We need volunteers to join us at the State Fairgrounds and provide free shoes to people coming for help. We are thankful for the Tennessee State Fairgrounds for allowing us to use their facilities to help Tennesseans in need," he said.
Elsey said the second stage of the relief project would take place at the charity's World Headquarters, at 319 Martingale Drive, Old Hickory TN, 37138 (behind the McDonald's on Old Hickory Boulevard in Old Hickory). Soles4Souls will be handing out bottled water, Gatorade, and food to residents in need. The "drive-thru" distribution will be held on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15.
The third stage of the relief plan will come as Elsey and his team members launch a sustained giving campaign, which will include children’s products, for Middle Tennessee throughout the rest of the year. "Because of our partnerships with a variety of non-profit agencies around the country, we'll be able to provide a wide range of ongoing support for our neighbors in need," Elsey said.
To learn more about Soles4Souls, or to volunteer with the charity, visit www.giveshoes.org or call 615-391-5723.
Hope Force International to Offer Services for Flood Victims
Brentwood Charity Turns Focus to Uninsured Homeowners
Hope Force International is responding immediately to the devastating floods in and around the city of Nashville, Tennessee. Based in Brentwood, the organization specializes in disaster response and preparedness. With previous experience in areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Gustav, Hope Force has been working in Haiti since January’s magnitude 7 earthquake. “As an organization, we are called to focus on the needs of the world – now those same needs are literally being brought to our doorstep,” explains Jack Minton, President/CEO.
Hope Force specializes in training and mobilizing volunteers to respond in crisis situations in the United States and around the world. The organization is rapidly approaching its goal of 1,000 active Reservists ready to respond to crisis points. According to Minton, “Our volunteers are currently working at various feeding sites in the Nashville area. Other team members are endeavoring to provide much-needed emotional and spiritual support to flood survivors. We are also engaged in the mucking out of buildings and debris clean up in the Antioch area. Hope Force has extensive experience in responding to disasters and is prepared to serve our local community.”
Uninsured homeowners are encouraged to contact the Brentwood office at 615-371-1271 or by email at: email@example.com. Experienced staff members are available for consultations as well as site visits, as needed. As an agency dedicated to “A compassionate response to crisis and disaster” staff members and Reservists are committed to providing individualized attention and assistance to those affected by Middle Tennessee’s flooding.
AAPC Moves National Conference from Nashville to Jacksonville, Fla.
The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) announced on May 7 that it has moved its 2010 National Conference to Jacksonville, Fla. due to recent flooding in Nashville. The conference will be held on the original dates of June 6–9 at the Prime Osborn Convention center in downtown Jacksonville, Fla. Alternative locations in and around Nashville were considered. However, availability and size restrictions could not accommodate the event. Scheduled events including keynote presentations, breakout sessions and meetings are expected to remain as scheduled.
“I am pleased that we were able to find an excellent alternative location that allows us to keep the dates while benefiting attendees and their schedules,” said Reed Pew, CEO of the AAPC. “Our hearts and prayers go out to our members and all citizens of Nashville with the hope that the recovery efforts will move quickly for everyone affected.”
For more details on the AAPC National Conference in Jacksonville, FL and a complete agenda of sessions go to:
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