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Hotline Launched to Help Tornado Victims

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A hotline to help Davidson County residents affected by the March 3 tornadoes has been created to assist in recovery.

Those experiencing an unmet need as a result of the tornado are encouraged to call the Tornado Recovery Connection at 615-270-9255. The line will be open 24/7, and unanswered calls will be returned within 24 hours. Translation services are available for non-English-speaking residents.

The hotline is made possible through the efforts of the newly formed Long Term Recovery Group, which is composed of dozens of Nashville-area nonprofits that have convened to assist in rebuilding the lives of tornado victims.

Also of note: FEMA/SBA Deadline Set for May 4

Any Middle Tennessean who suffered damage from the March 3 tornadoes have only a few more days to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to qualify for financial recovery assistance. The deadline is Monday, May 4.

FEMA disaster assistance is available to any homeowner, renter, nonprofit, or business owner whose personal property was destroyed or damaged as a result of the tornadoes. Anyone who is approved for disaster assistance does not have to repay the amount, nor does it have any effect on individuals who are on Social Security, TennCare or any other safety-net program.

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Applicants can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov, download the FEMA mobile app or call the helpline at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585 from 6 am to 9 pm daily. Multilingual operators are available.

SBA’s loan programs provide disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate or personal property. SBA customizes loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s circumstances, easing the burden of recovery.

Individuals and businesses may apply for an SBA Disaster Loan online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. For more information, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

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