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Tennessee Fires 2016
Tennessee Fires 2016
Extensive wildfires devastated areas in Sevier County, Tennessee from November 28 - December 9, 2016. The President made a major disaster declaration for Tennessee on December 15, 2016.
Note: THE FEMA APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR TENNESSEE WILDFIRES DR-4293 is FEBRUARY 12, 2017. Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ALSO FEBRUARY 12, 2017.
Key resources for those affected by Hurricane Matthew:
Tennessee Legal Assistance Hotline: 1-844-HELP4TN (1-844-435-7486)
- The Tennessee Office of Emergency Management has more information.
- The Tennessee Office of the Governor has more information
- The Tennessee Bar Association has information for individuals and lawyers who want to help.
- Legal Aid of East Tennessee is holding clinics and providing information.
- Help4TN has information for people seeking help with many legal issues, especially disaster ones now.
- SBA Disaster Loans are available for those who qualify.
- Free legal assistance available to hurricane survivors through a partnership partnership between the Tennessee Bar
Association (TBA), Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET), Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS), the
Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers
Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Please see the press release for more information.
- Information to assist disaster survivors with general legal issues can be found by calling the state legal disaster hotline 1-844-HELP4TN (1-844-435-7486) (toll-free) to request assistance.
- Tennessee Wildfires (DR-4293)
- Sevier Wildfires Insurance Help - assistance from the nonprofit United Policyholders about Insurance Claims and recovery
- Disaster SNAP is available for Sevier County.
- If you lost your job due to the wildfires, see here for Disaster Unemployment Information.
- Tax Relief for Sevier Fire Victims. Extensions have been granted for many filings.
- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
- American Red Cross Shelter Locator
- FEMA Disaster Reporter: view pictures of the disaster either in a list view or off a zoomable street level map.
Residents and businesses affected by wildfires in Sevier County, Tennessee can apply for government disaster relief benefits online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov.
Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.
- If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
- You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
- Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
Other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster:
- Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicant