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February 10, 2017

Deadline approaching for Sevier County wildfire survivors to register for FEMA disaster assistance, SBA loan programs.


The deadline for individuals to register for FEMA disaster assistance is Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Disaster survivors may register for FEMA assistance the following ways:

– Online at DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish).
– Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish).
– Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Help is available in most languages.


The Gatlinburg disaster recovery center, 156 Proffitt Road, ends operations at 6 p.m., EST, today. After the center closes, disaster survivors whose homes or businesses were affected by the wildfires can still get updates through the FEMA helpline or website, about applications, learn about the appeals process or check the status of their claims.


Sevier County wildfire survivors also have until Monday, Feb. 13, to complete and submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for physical property damage. The deadline for Sevier County businesses to submit loan applications for economic injury is Sept. 15, 2017.


Survivors may apply online using the electronic loan application via SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.


Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s customer service center by calling 800-659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.


Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit sba.gov/disaster.


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