Disaster Relief Assistance

Information for the public and lawyers seeking to help or be helped

The Tennessee Bar Association works with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and other organizations to provide assistance to those in need following natural disasters in the state. The table below guides you to available resources.

Disaster Legal Assistance for the Public Resources for Lawyers Who Want to Help Lawyers Helping Lawyers

OnlineTnJustice.org: This online service allows those in need of legal assistance to have their questions answered online by private attorneys volunteering their time.

Volunteer to Help: Lawyers can volunteer to staff clinics in disaster areas, answer legal questions that come in through the Disaster Legal Assistance Hotline, or answer questions posted on OnlineTNJustice.org. Sign up now!

Lawyers Needing Help: If your office was damaged, the TBA is helping to coordinate relief and volunteer help from the legal community. Sign up for help here. Coming soon!

Disaster Legal Assistance Hotline: Residents of counties that have been declared a national disaster area can call (888) 395-9297 to have their legal questions answered. Learn more

Disaster Assistance Manual: This manual, produced by the TBA Young Lawyers Division, guides attorneys providing volunteer assistance to victims of disaster across the state.

Donate Office Equipment & Supplies: Donate office equipment, supplies or other resources to help attorneys who have been hit by the storms. Coming soon!

Consumer Protection: Information from the Tennessee Attorney General's Office protects consumers from contracting scams, price gouging and other pitfalls after a natural disaster.

Specific guidance helps consumers deal with home repairs and working with insurance companies:

Home Repair Guidelines

Home Ownership Issues

Insurance Tips

Consumer Flood Information

File a Complaint

File a Claim with FEMA: Learn about the FEMA claims process at www.fema.gov


Free CLE: The TBA offers two webcast CLE programs for lawyers providing legal services disaster victims.

Providing Pro Bono Legal Services After a Disaster: This one-hour free webcast, presented by the TBA Young Lawyers Division, provides an overview of disaster legal services in Tennessee and equips volunteer lawyers to handle disaster-related pro bono cases. Using the YLD-produced Disaster Assistance Manual as a guide, the presenters identify the types of legal issues that most frequently arise after a natural disaster, and highlight the resources available for lawyers who volunteer to help disaster victims.

FEMA: Facts, Forms & Follow-Up: This one-hour session provides information about the FEMA application process necessary for Tennesseans to be eligible for federal benefits as well as the appeals process for those dissatisfied with the assistance granted. Speaker Juli Gallup is an Advocate at Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee (DLAC). After Hurricane Katrina, Juli became DLAC’s Project Manager and the Tennessee state lead for Katrina Aid.

Disaster Recovery: This guide will help lawyers with damage assessments and business continuation issues for their law firms.