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May 18, 2011

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in West Tennessee


Disaster Recovery Centers are open in Dyer, Lake, Obion and Shelby counties to help individuals and businesses affected by the recent floods, tornadoes and severe storms. The centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., CDT, seven days a week until further notice at the following addresses:


Dyer County
2700 Lake Road
Suite 33
Dyersburg, Tenn. 38024

Lake County
National Guard Armory
2375 State Route 21E
Tiptonville, Tenn. 38079

Obion County
221 North Broadway
Obion, Tenn. 38240

Shelby County
6465 Mullins Station Road
Memphis, Tenn. 38134

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies are staffing the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for assistance.

If possible, before going to a Recovery Center, individuals with storm- or flood-related losses should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov/ or by Smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or with a speech disability may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Telephone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT.

Federal disaster assistance may include grants for rental assistance, home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related losses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration can help eligible homeowners or business owners rebuild and recover.

As the result of a presidential disaster declaration on May 9, federal funding is available to affected individuals in Dyer, Lake, Obion, Shelby, and Stewart counties for help with losses caused by severe weather and flooding beginning on April 19, 2011, and continuing.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.