FEMA in Northwest Tennessee to Aid Recovery

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For some Dyer County residents, the water is finally starting to recede, but officials assisting in the process say before any real recovery can start, there are some important procedure you should know. Officials say first of next week, FEMA is setting up Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Obion, Dyer, and Lake Counties. The centers will assist flood victims with filling out there FEMA packets. The DRC locations are tentative at this point. “We registered here at the store yesterday morning…and they told us they would get back with us in 4 to 7 days,” said Mallard Lacy, a Dyersburg farmer. Mallard said he has farmed in Dyersburg for more than 43 years. According to him, he is appreciative of any assistance the federal government can offer. “Sounds real good. They’ve been down here. We talked to them. They’re going to inspect our homes before they give us any more information,” said Lacy. Officials said the first step in the recovery process is registering with FEMA. They said you must do this before visiting the DRCs. “For those people who are starting to clean up, no problem. Take pictures… document so when the inspector comes out to inspect your properties, you can show them pictures of the repairs,” said Kim Anderson, a spokesperson for FEMA. Anderson said she is working with local and state governments to open the DRCs. “As far as other counties, we have federal teams coming in to do what we call ‘Preliminary Damage Assessments,’ to see if we can add on other counties to the disaster declaration,” said Mike Caudill, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Coordinator with State of Tennessee. FEMA Assistance Line: (800) 621-3362 Call during the hours of 6AM and 9PM (Central) Information needed: Social Security Number Address of Property Description of Damage Contact Number *Please make a record of your FEMA ID Registration Number* Tentative Disaster Recovery Centers: Lake County Main Street Center 218 Church St. Tiptonville, TN 38079 Dyer County Dyersburg Mall 2700 Lake Rd. Dyersburg, TN 38024 Obion County Senior Citizen Building 221 N. Broadway St. Obion, TN 38240

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