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Sat April 7, 2012
Ten Tennessee Counties Get Disaster Declarations

FEMA Pays $640,000 to Tenn. Tornado Survivors

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Over 900 Tennesseans have registered for federal disaster assistance following the severe weather that swept the state February 29 and March 2.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it’s already paid out more than $640,000 in disaster recovery assistance to residents in the 10 Tennessee counties that were declared disaster areas by President Obama.

FEMA closed the local Disaster Recovery Centers it opened  around the state in the days following the storms Thursday. However, FEMA spokesman Ted Stuckey says Tennesseans can continue to register for assistance online and by phone through May 15.

“Call 800-621-FEMA, or go online at disasterassistance.gov.  It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get that registration done and start that recovery process through FEMA.

State and Federal disaster agencies have had their work cut out for them in recent years. FEMA is still working with communities across the state on disaster recovery projects following storms and flooding last year and in 2010.