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**PRESS RELEASE **
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2019
Re: Flood Damage
Emergency Management Damage Assessment Team
BLOUNT COUNTY, TN
The Blount County Mayor, Ed Mitchell, is asking for the public’s assistance in assessing damages to homes affected by the floodwaters during the February 23rd week-end rain event by calling our Emergency Management Agency to report damages.
The Blount County Emergency Management Agency’s Damage Assessment Team is actively assessing damage to homes that have been reported to the EMA office affected by floodwaters during the Feb. 23rd, 2019, week-end rain event.
The Damage Assessment Team is composed of volunteers from the community who have completed the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency damage assessment courses. These individuals are credentialed with proper identification and wear yellow Blount County Emergency Management Agency vests.
The Blount County Emergency Management Agency will gather this information on damaged homes and businesses to submit to Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Even if a homeowner does not intend to request federal assistance, Blount County Emergency Management Agency is asking each homeowner who sustained damage to their homes during the February 23rd week-end rain event to call (865) 273-5835 and leave their name, contact information and address.
According to Mayor Mitchell, “The damage assessment we are able to report in Blount County will affect all of us in what money will be available to citizens and public entities from FEMA and the Small Business Administration.”
Please note, homeowners and business owners still need to call their respective insurance company and report any damage as well.
To Report Flood Damages to Home or Businesses, please call Blount County EMA (865) 273-5835.
For Press Release questions, please contact: Amy Cowden/(865) 273-5700.