TORNADO RELIEF: State/FEMA Recovery Center opens in Putnam

NASHVILLE – The state of Tennessee and FEMA will open a disaster recovery center in Cookeville at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 11.

Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses affected by the March 3 severe storms and tornadoes. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the state and other interests will be at the centers to talk about available assistance and provide referrals to help with recovery.

Center location:

Hyder-Burks Agriculture Pavilion

2390 Gainesboro Grade

Cookeville, TN 38501

Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday – 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday – Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. until further notice

SBA disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. They are available to answer questions about SBA’s low-interest disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to the SBA.

The centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment for survivors with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

Disaster survivors with uninsured or underinsured losses can apply for FEMA assistance by:

  • Visiting;
  • Downloading the FEMA App; or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY) (Multilingual operators are available). The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

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