Even as many people in Tennessee have returned to normal routines, those families who were hit the hardest are still working to rebuild their lives. Those families will continue to need our compassion and support through the coming months.
Many Tennesseans were displaced, including my mother. While it was just a temporary inconvenience for her — and I am grateful for that — for some it is an ongoing disruption. For others, it was a life-changing event.
With luck, business will be up and running again soon for much of Middle Tennessee, but it’s important to remember that flood recovery is an especially slow and difficult process. Restoring a home after the mold and structural damage of a flood can take months.
Federal assistance is available, and it will make a difference for many families. I encourage everyone in the affected counties to document their damage and contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA or www.fema.gov. Whatever the extent of your damage, the most important thing is getting your application in on time. Physical property damage applications must be filed by July 6, 2010, for most Middle Tennesseans.
Apply even if you have insurance. If you find out months from now that insurance won’t cover all the damages, it might be too late to apply for FEMA assistance. Planning ahead could save hundreds of dollars down the line.